A much reported strategy, in Fred Kaplan’s “Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power”:

He had long thought America could achieve victory by launching an arms race that would drive Moscow into bankruptcy. Now that he was president, that’s what he set out to do. [p90]

What’s our excuse now? We can’t outspend Al-Qaeda or any other terrorist organization into bankruptcy, much like we haven’t been able to outspend Tony Montana into submission.