Through out the history of our nation, since it?s founding in the fire of revolution in 1776, we have spent more time at war through either actual fighting or in proxy wars, than we have at peace.
We have fought wars against almost every major European power, including ones who are now our allies, such as Britain, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, as well as nations that are still not so friendly such as Russia.
America?s conflicts 1798 to 2004
Everyone likes to complain about the ignorance of tourists once in a while but sometimes the stupidity breaks new bounds. About 30 people were recently found traipsing all over Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park. They had left the designated trails and board walk and were actually walking around and taking pictures of the geysers cone. Old Faithful erupts every 1 to 2 hours with water that reaches over 200 degrees which can cause fatal burns. Also, the surface surrounding the cone is fairly brittle and generally covers pools of boiling water that can, and have, quickly kill a person. Fortunately, a webcam watcher in Wisconsin called park rangers and reported the tourist group. When park rangers arrived the group leader and two other people were fined $125.00 for their idiocy.