. January 1, 2006 SouthAmerica: Believe it or not, but there is an economic cost related to waging wars â and Americans have had a constant love affair with wars since 1775. The table below it does not mention the current war in Iraq. Current Iraq Fiasco, (March 2003 - December 2006) = 3,002 dead, and 22,032 wounded so far. If Americans play their cards right and follow the fools of the Bush administration the US can prolong its involvement in Iraq for another decade and they can escalate the conflict to cost another US$ 1 trillion dollars to US taxpayers (mostly borrowed money from foreign countries) and increase the number of deaths of American soldiers to the tens of thousands and the number of wounded to another ridiculous high number. Note: The U.S. Defense Department it does not like to put the spotlight into the fact that even though only 58,209 American soldiers died during the Vietnam War, since the troops returned home in 1973 an additional 200,000 American veterans become subsequent casualties of the Vietnam War when they committed suicide, and today half of the homeless people around the United States are Vietnam War veterans. Americans love a war, and since its inception in 1775 the United States spent 43 years of its life or 20 percent of its existence as a nation fighting one war or another. Americans go to war on a blink of an eye without first stopping and thinking about the consequences of their actions in the short-term and also in the long run. Americans have been trained and conditioned to react just like âPavlovâs dogâ regarding its general mindset and its desire to go to war â any war. (In case you donât know what I am trying to say: The phrase "Pavlov's dog" is used to describe someone who merely reacts to a situation rather than trying to use his/her critical thinking.) Just talk about going to war and most Americans start salivating - today it is Iraq and Afghanistan â and tomorrow maybe: Iran, North Korea or even better - World War III. ************ FACTBOX-U.S. military casualties in wars Reuters - Sun Dec 31, 2006 Dec 31 (Reuters) - The number of U.S. troops who have died in Iraq has reached 3,000, according to the Web site www.icasualties.org on Sunday. Following is a list of other wars, how long the United States was involved in each and the number of U.S. military casualties. Revolutionary War, (1775-1783) = 4,435 dead, 6,188 wounded. War of 1812, (1812-1815) = 2,260 dead, 4,505 wounded. Mexican War, (1846-1848) = 13,282 dead, 4,152 wounded. Civil War, (1861-1865) = (Union forces only; authoritative statistics for Confederate forces unavailable; incomplete tallies show 133,821 Confederate deaths), 364,511 Union dead; 281,881 Union wounded. Spanish-American War, (1898) = 2,446 dead, 1,662 wounded. World War One, (1917-1918) = 116,516 dead, 204,002 wounded. World War Two, (1941-1946) = 405,399 dead, 671,846 wounded. Korean War, (1950-1953) = 54,246 dead, 103,284 wounded. Vietnam War, (1964-1973) = 58,209 dead, 153,303 wounded. Gulf War, (1990-1991) = 382 dead, 467 wounded. (Source: U.S. Department of Defense) .