Uncle Sam is spending $200 billion (yes that’s “billion” with a “b”) to remake its war machine.

It’s an old marketing trick. When a product fails (like it has in, say, Iraq), it’s time to remake the product and convince American taxpayers that all that money is worth the effort.

The Army's $200 Billion Makeover – EL PASO — A $200 billion plan to remake the largest war machine in history unfolds in one small way on a quiet country road in the Chihuahuan Desert. [Washington Post Political News]