Could not resist Ralph but, would suggest the Cold War was not a blanket over the entire historical era; rather, there were nuances, as you characterize with differing periods within this era.
'But the Cold War warped our thinking in one crucial respect. Wyatt, you cited "communism," as if it were something monolithic. It was not, and a more nuanced understanding of our Cold War enemies might have kept us from making avoidable foreign policy errors. Like the Vietnam War.'