Think about this please. Our priorities in the US are really screwed up. We happily march off to war while we let our house fall down. Healthcare, welfare, infrastructure, education, are small potatoes compared to the elephant in the room. Our trend of sliding into greater and greater National Debt could be reversed with adjustments. Specifically we have politicians in this country more concerned about dropping bombs on people than focus on our own citizens' welfare. Federal Debt Clock Today’s Federal Debt is $19,844,968,852,152.58. The amount is the gross outstanding debt issued by the United States Department of the Treasury since 1790 and reported here. But, it doesn’t include state and local debt. And, it doesn’t include so-called “agency debt.” And, it doesn’t include the so-called unfunded liabilities of entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare. Federal Debt per person is about $60,818. Military Spending in the United States In fiscal year 2015, military spending is projected to account for 54 percent of all federal discretionary spending, a total of $598.5 billion. Military spending includes: all regular activities of the Department of Defense; war spending; nuclear weapons spending; international military assistance; and other Pentagon-related spending. The Iraq war was sold as a 2 year, $100 billion commitment by the Dick. Financial Costs of Iraq War The costs of the 2003-2010 Iraq War are often contested, as academics and critics have unearthed many hidden costs not represented in official estimates. The most recent major report on these costs come from Brown University in the form of the Costs of War, which totaled just over $1.1 trillion. The Department of Defense's direct spending on Iraq totaled at least $757.8 billion, but also highlighting the complementary costs at home, such as interest paid on the funds borrowed to finance the wars. Those figures are dramatically higher than typical estimates published just prior to the start of the Iraq War, many of which were based on a shorter term of involvement. For example, in a March 16, 2003 Meet the Press interview of Vice President Dick Cheney, held less than a week before the Iraq War began, host Tim Russert reported that "every analysis said this war itself would cost about $80 billion, recovery of Baghdad, perhaps of Iraq, about $10 billion per year. We should expect as American citizens that this would cost at least $100 billion for a two-year involvement." The True Cost of the Afghanistan War May Surprise You A truer measure of the wars' total costs pegs them at between $4 trillion and $6 trillion. This fuller accounting includes "long-term medical care and disability compensation for service members, veterans and families, military replenishment and social and economic costs," Harvard economist Linda Bilmes calculated in 2013. The only chart you need to see to know that the US spends more on its military than the next 11 countries combined It's no surprise the United States pours more money into its military than any other country in the world. In 2015, the US had a defense budget of about $597 billion, according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies' most recent World Military Balance report, released earlier this year. In short, that's more than the next 11 countries combined.