History Literature / ClearAndPresentDanger

24th Jan '18 7:09:36 PM Bissek
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* CoolCar: Untiveros' monster truck, [[spoiler:which Clark uses as the target for the first RECIPROCITY attack, disguising an air-to-ground strike as a car bombing]].
5th Jan '18 12:51:31 AM TinMan
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* HeroicBSOD:
** Moira Wolfe falls into this when she realizes that she inadvertently helped Felix Cortez compromise the FBI, which in turn lead to the assassination of Emil Jacobs. [[spoiler:She tries to kill herself out of guilt.]]
** Captain Ramirez falls prey to this at the Battle of Ninja Hill when he realizes that most of the other American soldiers are dead and no help is coming.


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** After the first attacks on the cartel processing sites, Admiral Cutter is stunned to learn the American teams have taken light casualties. Ritter points out this was inevitable; even with all their extra training, the sheer odds of combat meant that some American soldiers were going to get killed.
6th Sep '17 9:08:05 PM TinMan
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* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: invoked in-universe by Felix Cortez. He refuses to divulge the identity of his sources to Escobedo, saying that not only is this a principle of intelligence operations but that ''Castro himself'' once asked him the same thing and was given the same answer. Privately, he acknowledges this is baloney: not only was he never that close to Castro, but no one in Cuba would have dared refuse him if he ''had'' asked. It's a good story to improve your street cred, though.

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* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: invoked in-universe by Felix Cortez. He refuses to divulge the identity of his sources to Escobedo, saying that not only is this a principle of intelligence operations but that ''Castro himself'' once asked him the same thing and was given the same answer. Privately, he acknowledges this is baloney: not only was he never that close to Castro, but no one in Cuba would have dared refuse him if he ''had'' asked. It's a good story to improve your street cred, though. He's also privately flipping off Escobedo, a very powerful drug lord, by lying to him, demonstrating how little respect he actually has for his boss.
4th Sep '17 8:43:18 PM Peteman
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* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Brutally averted. Most of the American teams don't make it out and even the ones that do suffer heavy casualties, with those who fall being left behind and likely ending up in unmarked graves.

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* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Brutally averted.Averted. Most of the American teams don't make it out and even the ones that do suffer heavy casualties, with those who fall being left behind and likely ending up in unmarked graves.
25th Jul '17 7:06:20 AM TinMan
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Chavez has this reaction when, after an attack on a cartel processing site, he runs down and kills a man who he thinks is a cartel soldier but instead turns out to be an unlucky peasant. He then is forced to carry the man's body back to the site, all the while realizing the peasant was just working there probably out of necessity rather than any desire to hurt people with drugs.



* RealityEnsues: Dropping laser guided bombs on drug kingpins is all fun and games until the rescue teams start pulling the bodies of the kingpins' family and innocent house servants from the wreckage.

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* RealityEnsues: RealityEnsues:
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Dropping laser guided bombs on drug kingpins is all fun and games until the rescue teams start pulling the bodies of the kingpins' family and innocent house servants from the wreckage. wreckage.
** The American teams are reliant on stealth and outside support to succeed. Once their supplies are cut off and the cartel learns where they are, the sheer numbers of the cartel foot soldiers can overwhelm them.
29th May '17 11:32:46 PM LordKelvin
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* AnonymousRinger: At one point in the book, the relationship between the US forces stationed in Panama, the military forces of Panama, and their leader, are discussed as strained. The leader of Panama at the time of writing, of course, [[{{UsefulNotes/Panama}} being the dictator Manuel Noriega]].
13th Mar '17 1:27:13 PM Bissek
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* ArtisticLicense[=/=]AnachronismStew: In the real world, 1988 featured UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush running against Michael Dukakis, since it was impossible for UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, who got elected in 1980, to run for a third term. However, for the purposes of the story, the President in the last two novels was elected to his first term in 1984, theoretically making him either Harold Stassen or Walter Mondale. But this is impossible, since ''Red October'', which has the same President, clearly states that December 3rd took place on a Friday that year, which makes it only possible to happen in one of four years in the post-Vietnam, pre-2000 era: 1976 (Impossible as Ryan would have still been in college at that time, and ''Red October'' has explicit references to events that happened in 1981), 1982 (''Red Rabbit'', which takes place before ''Red October'' is explicitly stated to take place in this year), 1993, or 1999. This gets more confusing in later novels where Clancy treats the Reagan and Bush presidencies as happening as normal. Furthermore, the President in ''Clear and Present Danger'' is implied to be a Republican, or at least right-wing (the parties are never named in the Clancy novels), because his opponent Fowler's foreign policy is very dove-ish and pro-Cuba and his convention is in Chicago, a traditional location for [=DNCs=].

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* ArtisticLicense[=/=]AnachronismStew: In the real world, 1988 featured UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush running against Michael Dukakis, since it was impossible for UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, who got elected in 1980, to run for a third term. However, for the purposes of the story, the President in the last two novels was elected to his first term in 1984, theoretically making him either Harold Stassen or Walter Mondale. But this is impossible, since ''Red October'', which has the same President, clearly states that December 3rd took place on a Friday that year, which makes it only possible to happen in one of four years in the post-Vietnam, pre-2000 era: 1976 (Impossible as Ryan would have still been in college at that time, and ''Red October'' has explicit references to events that happened in 1981), 1982 (''Red Rabbit'', which takes place before ''Red October'' is explicitly stated to take place in this year), 1993, or 1999. This gets more confusing in later novels where Clancy treats the Reagan and Bush presidencies as happening as normal. Furthermore, the President in ''Clear and Present Danger'' is implied to be a Republican, or at least right-wing (the parties are never named in the Clancy novels), because his opponent Fowler's foreign policy is very dove-ish and pro-Cuba and his convention is in Chicago, a traditional location for [=DNCs=]. In addition, Clark mentions that he's been in the spy business for twenty-odd years, which, since ''Literature/WithoutRemorse'' had him get recruited by the CIA in the early seventies, implies this story takes place in 1996 at the earliest.
20th Dec '16 5:53:11 AM Bissek
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* ArtisticLicense[=/=]AnachronismStew: In the real world, 1988 featured UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush running against Michael Dukakis, since it was impossible for UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, who got elected in 1980, to run for a third term. However, for the purposes of the story, the President in the last two novels was elected to his first term in 1984, theoretically making him either Harold Stassen or Walter Mondale. But this is impossible, since ''Red October'', which has the same President, clearly states that December 3rd took place on a Friday that year, which makes it only possible to happen in one of four years in the post-Vietnam, pre-2000 era: 1976 (Impossible as Ryan would have still been in college at that time), 1982 (''Red Rabbit'', which takes place before ''Red October'' is explicitly stated to take place in this year), 1993, or 1999. This gets more confusing in later novels where Clancy treats the Reagan and Bush presidencies as happening as normal. Furthermore, the President in ''Clear and Present Danger'' is implied to be a Republican, or at least right-wing (the parties are never named in the Clancy novels), because his opponent Fowler's foreign policy is very dove-ish and pro-Cuba and his convention is in Chicago, a traditional location for [=DNCs=].

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* ArtisticLicense[=/=]AnachronismStew: In the real world, 1988 featured UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush running against Michael Dukakis, since it was impossible for UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, who got elected in 1980, to run for a third term. However, for the purposes of the story, the President in the last two novels was elected to his first term in 1984, theoretically making him either Harold Stassen or Walter Mondale. But this is impossible, since ''Red October'', which has the same President, clearly states that December 3rd took place on a Friday that year, which makes it only possible to happen in one of four years in the post-Vietnam, pre-2000 era: 1976 (Impossible as Ryan would have still been in college at that time), time, and ''Red October'' has explicit references to events that happened in 1981), 1982 (''Red Rabbit'', which takes place before ''Red October'' is explicitly stated to take place in this year), 1993, or 1999. This gets more confusing in later novels where Clancy treats the Reagan and Bush presidencies as happening as normal. Furthermore, the President in ''Clear and Present Danger'' is implied to be a Republican, or at least right-wing (the parties are never named in the Clancy novels), because his opponent Fowler's foreign policy is very dove-ish and pro-Cuba and his convention is in Chicago, a traditional location for [=DNCs=].
28th Oct '16 3:19:07 PM dlchen145
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The novel is notable for introducing {{Badass}} John Clark as a regularly recurring character, after the popularity he enjoyed in ''Literature/TheCardinalOfTheKremlin'', as well as Domingo "Ding" Chavez, who would later become the other half of Clark's Badass Duo.

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The novel is notable for introducing {{Badass}} badass John Clark as a regularly recurring character, after the popularity he enjoyed in ''Literature/TheCardinalOfTheKremlin'', as well as Domingo "Ding" Chavez, who would later become the other half of Clark's Badass Duo.
31st Aug '16 8:46:26 AM GuyIncog
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* CallBack: Clark's violent history with drug dealers is briefly hinted at. Dovetails with a CallForward in ''Literature/WithoutRemorse'' in which Ritter notes the CIA had been thinking of becoming involved in anti-drug operations - and recommends formally recruiting Clark in part because of said history.
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