A lot of people hope that if-when the Iraq War is over, things will go back to "normal". Ain't gonna happen.
"Normal" is our Leave It To Beaver memory of a world ruled by Bretton Woods, the US dollar, and nuclear hegemony in a polarized world. Do you see any of that here today?
The $1.5 trillion bill for the Iraq, the money we owe the Chinese, but above all, the essential rottenness of every level of American jurisprudence, business, and government- all mean that the new "normal" will in no way resemble the old.
Cheer up, things not only could be worse, in a very short time they will be.