The Vietnam War cost the nation the lives of 58,000 young people, and the national debt increased by $146 trillion dollars in the seven years 1967-1973. Adjusted for inflation, the increase in national debt during the Vietnam War was $500 trillion (1992 dollars).
In the seven years 1989-1995 (a time of peace), the national debt increased by $2360 trillion, four times the amount of the increase during the seven years of the Vietnam War.
The number of lives lost, including those lost to drugs and to future non-productivity has been very great during these last seven years. We'll develop this idea further in the near future.