Or There Is A Better Way To Spend $1.98
As if they conversed on two different languages. Two levels of thinking. Like two parallel lines, which will never find a common crossing point (Einstein's theory of relativity cannot be applied to these two, I assume).
Judging by the numbers, the conversation took place a while ago. Here's a quote from the page "Military Budget of United States" on Wikipedia:
"For the 2010 fiscal year, the president's base budget of the Department of Defense rose to $533.8 billion. Adding spending on "overseas contingency operations" brings the sum to $663.8 billion.
When the budget was signed into law on October 28, 2009, the final size of the Department of Defense's budget was $680 billion, $16 billion more than President Obama had requested. Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff expected an additional supplemental spending bill, possibly in the range of $4050 billion in order to support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Defense-related expenditures outside of the Department of Defense constitute between $216 billion and $361 billion in additional spending, bringing the total for defense spending to between $880 billion and $1.03 trillion in fiscal year 2010".
In comparison, the US budget for basic science for 2011 is $7.4 billion, a mere 0.007% of the Department of Defense budget.
If our science was financed as well as our military, we might already live in the world where cars run on water and cancer is a thing of past like smallpox. :-)