It always has value. Reading Tacitus during the Clinton impeachment hearings, or Machiavelli during the run up to the Iraq War, or Xenophon after we got into Afghanistan gives you perspective. When the Somalis dragged our pilots' bodies through the streets of Mogadishu, I thought of Achilles dragging the body of Hector around the walls of Troy.
The past is there to teach us, if we are willing to learn.
Or, as they say, we will be doomed to repeat it.
"Inequality is a false notion propagated by those who are made to feel guilty for what they have by those who are jealous for what they don't"-Former MTV Host Kennedy