Iraq just announced it has negotiated a 100 million dollar military arms deal with China. The result is that China will quickly produce the arms and light military equipment and be paid in cash.
Also because we have no money to fight the war, we have financed it through treasury bonds which have been purchased by China as reserve currency. The result is that China will quickly receive a 'surge' in more cash.
Unlike the Soviets that had isolated themselves from the world while their economy crumbled, China actually profits from our very own military aggressiveness. We actually end up financing the major Chinese military build up that the Pentagon claims is such a threat to our security. For you Republicans out there I'll put it even more simply: In the end our own military adventurism is financing the very army that stands as the greatest threat against us.
With this in mind, I don't see how any credible politician or military leader can claim we are safer for our presence in the middle east.