Pawlak made a good point

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John Pawlak’s column in the Jan. 18 Los Alamos Monitor was right on. The United States is apparently the world’s disciplinarian, and it is breaking us.
Joseph Stiglitz highlighted the problem in his book “The Three Trillion Dollar War,” about Iraq.
That war alone could run $3 trillion or more, when all the future costs of replacing destroyed equipment, medical care, PTSD, interest on borrowed money, etc., are added to the direct operating costs.
So the total for the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and now Pakistan, could easily approach $7 trillion if carried on long enough. Do those numbers sound somewhat like the national debt? Just a coincidence.

Dick Foster
Los Alamos