Re: So go hybrid
" It's not a 'subsidy', it's working for the common good - and will probably be cheaper than the WMDs. I know which I'd prefer."
That's because, like a lot of people, you haven't done the analysis correctly.
Governments have a spotty record on identifying and promoting the public good with policies that actually work as intended rather than having detrimental side effects, or the opposite effect to that intended.
Nuclear weapons, however, are a very sound investment in the public good... just about the best thing governments have done.
Not only to they have unique characteristics (they threaten political decision makers as well as front line soldiers) that have deterred a central war (think world war as an approximation to the technical term) for 79 years (start to start), but they are about an order of magnitude less expensive than vaguely similar benefits through building up 'conventional' forces.