American policymakers during the years of the cold war, seemingly unable to distinguish between unique events and recurrent trends in their interpretation of history, have repeatedly misused the lessons of the past.
Gaddis, John L.
"The Cold War: Some Lessons for Policymakers,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 27
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol27/iss6/3