Medical doctors are trained to recognize when patients’ complaints and self-diagnoses need to be ignored, lest the doctor be responsible for unneces- sary medical treatment. It is unfortunate that we do not have similar education for national security officials regarding threats to the nation. With such training, there is a chance we could avoid at least some of the overreactions to misperceived threats that have burdened recent American foreign policy.
"A Dangerous World? Threat Perception and U.S. National Security,edited by Christopher Preble and John Mueller,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 69
, Article 15.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol69/iss1/15