We went to war for different reasons.
A score of mainly Saudi terrorists attacked our money center and our Pentagon, with a threat of attacking our Congress too. The first reason for Congress going to war was for them to not appear weak when the next election day rolled around. Problem: Saudi Arabia’s government was our ally, the world’s chief supplier of crude to British Petroleum and to Royal Dutch Shell. Solution: don’t attack Saudi Arabia, go to war against somebody else entirely. Afghanistan was terribly weak and completely uncooperative. Saddam Hussein as a U.S. ally was just uncooperative and he had a lot of oil too.
The second reason for going to war was military profits and grey money campaign kickbacks.
And so we went to war to bring democracy to these people. We installed drug kingpins as their democratic leaders because, just as in Vietnam, drug kingpins are the only people in these countries who will accept large amounts of U.S. money. Curiously, our buying these people their democracy brought millions of gunshot wound deaths and millions of opiate addictions.
Now the USA is $21 trillion in national debt. We can’t afford the war any more with disposable money, sorry. As it is, we’ll have to cut social security in half by robbing grandma’s purse. Or, we’ll have to tax billionaires. Grandma can’t fight back as hard.