The war on terror has also damaged our relations with the international community as the Bush administration focuses on Iraq as the seat of terrorism. The unpopular war was waged as an almost unilateral action without the support of our major allies such as France and Germany. The tactics used against the terrorists that have infiltrated into Iraq have resulted in severe collateral damage against innocent civilians. In addition, the lack of respect for human dignity has been magnified by the news from Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay. Prisoners have been held and questioned without regard for the international conventions that have been agreed upon by the civilized world.
The Military Industrial Complex is the revolving door process where people move from the military to private industry and the government. The economic motivation is enormous as the Congressional Budget Office reports that military spending consumes more than 50 percent of the federal budget (qtd. in "Where Your Income Tax Money Really Goes"). However, much of this spending is done to create elaborate weapons systems and does little to fight the war on terror. As we have seen in Iraq, the war against the terrorists requires urban warfare that is fought on a neighborhood and house-to-house basis. Expensive aircraft and high technology weapons are usually of little or no value in this scenario.