Re: The most expensive dick swinging contest in history
I did these sums in 2011. All figures in 2011 dollars (so inflated appropriately).
Apollo cost something like $200 billion. The direct costs of the US involvement in Afghanistan after 2001 were $416 billion by 2011
For the cost of the war in Afghanistan we we could have run two Apollo programmes.
For the costs of the combined Iraq & Afghanistan wars (as of 2017), we could have run twelve.