Five thousand balloons, capable of raising two men each, could not cost more than five ships of the line; and where is the prince who can afford so to cover his country with troops for its defense as that 10,000 men descending from the clouds might not in many places do an infinite deal of mischief before a force could be brought together to repel them?Benjamin Franklin
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In budget-strapped times, it is more cost effective to add a new generation of dogfight missiles to an older aircraft than to buy a new aircraft. Likewise, ships and many other weapons categories. Missiles offer to increase the combat capabilities of many weapons platforms without the need for the expense of replacing the system itself.Steve Zaloga
When President Bush's father was in office, an almost identical scenario faced the United States. There was fighting by rebel forces trying to overthrow then-President Samuel Doe. U.S. ships were off the coast of Monrovia, they were evacuating Americans and Europeans, but refusing to intervene with a humanitarian force aimed at making peace.Salih Booker