I wonder how much of the cost attributed to the GWOT would be necessary anyway just to maintain the military. It seems when figures are quoted they are for total defense spending. One thing about comparing our economy today with the WWII era is that today we have so much more allocated to social programs and entitlements than we did back then, so any increase at all puts a squeeze on the budget. There might be more for defense, which is one of the few constitutional responsibilities of the federal government, if they weren't spending so much trying to manage every facet of our lives. I have to say that after having been a strong supporter of the war on both fronts, I am beginning to look at things differently. I think it's time to do some serious soul searching and ask if these military operations are really necessary for the security of ourselves and our allies. We invest so much in dollars and human life fighting wars overseas yet fail to properly protect our borders from foreign invasion. We need to stop with this nation building, stay home and "build" our economy and our infrastructure instead. Better security measures would likely do at least as much good as the GWOT has to this point. Force these muslim coutries to root out the terrorists in their midst by putting them on notice that we will respond to any future attack planned or originating from within their borders as acts of war, that will receive a swift and harsh response from us. The ICBM could be our best tool for the restoration of a prosperous free world.