helm, the Carter White House continued to ignore this commonplace lesson of history.
Nearly two years earlier, the editors of the Wall Street Journal had noted this lack of historical perspective in a searing indictment of Jimmy Carter's amateur style of diplomacy. "None of this should be particularly surprising," that paper had editorialized on February 15, 1979. "It might be called the vindication of the domino theory. In the world of geopolitics, if you lose in one place you will be tested in another. If you lose successively you will be tested in more and more ways. If you start not even to put up a fight, everyone will start to bully you. Any normal kid in a schoolyard learns this; we keep wondering where the members of this administration grew up."