Almost exactly 20 years ago, an American president once ridiculed as a “wimp” stood triumphant, having vanquished a Middle Eastern villain. Two years later, he was out of a job.

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Almost exactly 20 years ago, an American president once ridiculed as a “wimp” stood triumphant, having vanquished a Middle Eastern villain. Crowds flocked to Lower Manhattan, their hands caressing incomprehensibly oversized American flags that waved patriotic good feelings over the country and lifted the president’s approval rating to 88 per cent. Two years later, he was out of a job.

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