I want money. That's what I want; according to the Flying Lizzards.
So I take it you don't think any of these things ever helped anyone:
Adjustable Smoke Detectors
The same new technologies are being created on the ISS. Is that a waste of $$$Billions as well?
The world can't find the money to stave off starvation or ways to provide clean drinking water but there is always, ALWAYS enough money for making weapons that destroy people's homes and kill the citizens of countries you have a political or religious dislike for.