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When you heard the Senate had voted to spend $1.5 billion to buy another Seawolf submarine you doubtless said to yourself, "The Seawolf - isn't that the gigantic submarine built to keep the Soviet Union from conquering the free world?"

Then, unless I miss my guess, you said, "Sure it is, but hasn't the Soviet Union gone with the wind?"If you are careful like me you thought to yourself, "I'd better check on that," and after doing just that you probably shouted: "By George, I thought so! The Cold War is over, the Soviet Union is kaput, and the free world is safe at last."

Went to bed feeling terrific, didn't you? Then you woke up at 3:30 a.m. Sat right up in bed. Remember what you wanted to yell? "Why are we spending $1.5 billion on a submarine to fight a defunct menace?"