LOL, that's a very Canadian take. The US didn't have a standing army, and they paid for it, with the militia not being particularly effective, just like every other point in our history. The US attempt to take land in the North was hampered by several things. One, our ineptness, see Milita above. Two, Canadian alliances with Native American forces, which raided the lands the militias left, causing diversions of US military forces on several occasions. Three, British professionalism and Canadians steadfastly defending their homeland. But ultimately #4, the militia forces of the US refused to cross the border several times, the soldiers not being interested in a war of expansion, unlike the politicians. The battle in the west stopped, with the US and British trading blows in the NE for the rest of the war. Yes, the British raised the White House and the city was only spared worse by a freak storm. But the US won the naval war on the Great Lakes, and in turn burned York, the capital of Upper Canada, now known as Toronto. Ultimately the stated cause of the war for the US was to stop impressment, and that happened. But the unstated goal of the NE politicians was to seize territory, and that failed. It was a draw, and quite frankly, a stupid war. Glad we are friends now.