Absurdly Expensive Weapons of dubious use in war

Feb 2011
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Here's what proved to be the grandaddy of them all:
Not sure how dubious this is given the video admits it did serve its purpose well in places were the enemy did attempt to cross it.

A lot of war machines and efforts end up serving no actual purpose. But that's because there's no way to be prepared for war without making resources available, including some which may never end up proving 100% necessary. "Careful not to send too many weapons or rounds of ammunition to the troops! We don't want to be wasteful now!" Sounds like a brilliant way to badly lose a war.

Also, note that Keynesians and various other associated economic thinkers would see plenty of benefits in ramping up production, including with deficit spending, and if it's for war production, that's fine too, if the economy is in a rut. Cue Keynes' reference to burying bank notes in abandoned coal minds to create jobs digging them back up.
 
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Devil505

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Jan 2008
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Not sure how dubious this is given the video admits it did serve its purpose well in places were the enemy did attempt to cross it.

A lot of war machines and efforts end up serving no actual purpose. But that's because there's no way to be prepared for war without making resources available, including some which may never end up proving 100% necessary.
Comparing cost vs war benefit is what this topic is about.
Think of what that money could have bought for defense.
 
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