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I think that even if you take the position that a country needs a strong military, strategic submarines are of questionable value.

Missile submarines are, unlike say carriers, not really military tools, in that you only ever need use them after your fatherland has been turned into an radioactive ashpile. They are not expeditionary, they are not tools of power projections. They are tools which make it impossible for any opponent to pull out the nuclear card, ever. Hence, they are the ultimate diplomatic tool. Ultima ratio regum, except it's not hyperbole.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Wed Jul 15th, 2009 at 07:08:17 AM EST
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