One of the more common human failings is the tendency to react to new phenomena with old reflexes. Generals are often the slaves of strategies designed for other wars and diplomats are prone to retain postures and policies based on conditions of a world that no longer exists.1
Pease, Charles C. and Thibault, Edward A.
"Selected Essays for Strategy Cirriculum,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 26
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol26/iss3/5