the space shuttle might have been the most effective involuntary troll move ever. The soviets saw that over the years americans spent more or less the equivalent of an apollo program on this vehicle. Turns out to be really shitty deadly and useless, theres no one single role which makes sense for it.
But no... the americans wouldnt be that dumb... it has to have some critically vital use that we havent figured out.
So at their most critical point they decided to spend what was possibly.. i dunno, 5%? 10%? of the whole budget of the whole soviet union to make sure they got this strategically important piece of hardware of the ground, it must have contributed greatly to the fall americans trolled them into crazy military spending that wasnt needed, the russians today can keep M.A.D. with a bunch of rusty nukes.
Its hilarious and interesting how these highly educated bureacurats, a mixture of zarist aristocrats and intellectual revolutionary, who probably excelled studying history, strategy, literature, and a wide array of other areas got 1 uped, got 1 uped by some cowyboys who just wanted to shoot some shoots and screw chix
turns out a few corrupt senators and arms dealers wanted more money to screw chicks and shoot shoots and that was THE WHOLE reason for the existence of the space shuttle program, but they just couldnt wrap it around their heads, they were stuck in a mentality that wasnt relevant anymore at the end of the XX century