From there on the stage was set for what seems to be 'the logic of modern warfare'.
2001: 911 -> Oh no! It must be this evil Mister Laden again! -> He must be hiding in Afghanistan!! Let's send 50000 men.
2003: Or maybe he's got good friends in Iraq, who knows!? It's very likely these friends have mass destruction weapons. Let's send 100000 men there too!
2007: No? Still not found? Then, he can only be in Iran!
One can assume that there will be a major war in the next years involving an important amount of U.S. armed forces because while we all looking at the new Tom Cruise movie and dancing to the latest Lady Gaga tune...
...in the meanwhile...
... some key details from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)'s 2010 Year Book on armaments, disarmament and international security for 2008:
- World military expenditure in 2009 is estimated to have reached $1.531 trillion in current dollars;
- This represents a 6 per cent increase in real terms since 2008 and a 49 per cent increase since 2000;
- This corresponds to 2.7 per cent of world gross domestic product (GDP), or approximately $225 for each person in the world;
- The USA with its massive spending budget, is the principal determinant of the current world trend, and its military expenditure now accounts for just under half of the world total, at 46.5% of the world total