On October 26, 2001, President George W. Bush gathered his cabinet in the White House situation room, stung by intense media speculation that US bombing raids on Afghanistan had produced little evidence of victory against the Taliban.
In November 2015, Donald Trump sat down for an interview with Stephen Bannon, executive chairman of the Breitbart News Network, a far-right news and opinion site. In the course of the conversation, Bannon made the startling assertion that Silicon Valley has far too many Asian CEOs. An ominous portent of things to come? It certainly seems so today.