Text: “War and Analogy.” www.nytimes.com.

Extract: “For every American generation of this century, the power of war analogies has been undeniable, and they have framed debate about every recent American military venture abroad. George Bush, who was probably the last of the World War II veterans to occupy the White House, took America to war in the Persian Gulf not only to protect the flow of oil, but also to defeat Saddam Hussein, a tyrant whom he equated with Hitler. Ronald Reagan maintained that his invasion of Grenada broke the paralyzing spell of Vietnam.” https://www.nytimes.com/1999/04/18/opinion/war-and-analogy.html

The use of analogies (and other techniques) are one way that historians (and others) convey knowledge through their “stories.”