History Literature / ClearAndPresentDanger

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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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.
20th Aug '16 6:22:51 PM pyroclastic
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* OminousLegalPhraseTitle: From the landmark ''Schenck v. United States'' [[UsefulNotes/AmericanCourts Supreme Court]] decision.
9th Jun '16 7:17:33 PM PaulA
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** LeaveBehindAPistol: [[spoiler:Admiral Cutter is given the "choice" by Clark of facing trial for flagrant violations of U.S. and international law. He chooses the "easy" way out by stepping in front of a bus. Later novels clarify that Clark did this entirely on his own initiative.]]

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** LeaveBehindAPistol: [[spoiler:Admiral Cutter is given the "choice" by Clark of Cutter, facing trial for flagrant violations of U.S. and international law. He law, chooses the "easy" way out by stepping in front of a bus. Later novels clarify that Clark did this entirely on his own initiative.bus.]]



** FalseFlagOperation: In order to facilitate the above, Clark [[spoiler:uses Navy-dropped stealth bombs to make the Cartel think that their own members are killing each other]].



* FalseFlagOperation: In order to facilitate the EnemyCivilWar, [[spoiler:Clark uses Navy-dropped stealth bombs to make the Cartel think that their own members are killing each other]].



* HonoraryUncle: [[spoiler:Due to Buck Zimmer's death, Ryan effectively becomes this, looking after Zimmer's family and making sure they all go to college]]. It becomes a major plot point in later novels.



* LeaveBehindAPistol: [[spoiler:Admiral Cutter is given the "choice" by Clark of suicide to avoid facing trial for flagrant violations of U.S. and international law. Later novels clarify that Clark did this entirely on his own initiative.]]



** HonoraryUncle: [[spoiler:Due to Buck Zimmer's death, Ryan effectively becomes this, looking after Zimmer's family and making sure they all go to college]]. It becomes a major plot point in later novels.
9th Jun '16 7:13:00 PM PaulA
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* SeriesContinuityError: In ''Literature/TheHuntForRedOctober'', Admiral Greer mentions that even his grandchildren have grown out of the Barbie Doll toy phase. However, at his funeral in ''Clear and Present Danger'', Greer is buried next to his only child, a son killed in Vietnam. With no other living relatives and Ryan not present at the funeral, the American flag draped on his coffin is instead presented to Judge Moore.
7th Jun '16 2:02:52 PM mlsmithca
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* WasItReallyWorthIt: [[{{YMMV}} depends on your point of view]]. This is discussed in a later book when we learn that the operation was a success, in the sense that the Cartel eventually came apart as a result of the EnemyCivilWar initiated here. On the other hand, this made no serious dent in Colombia's organized crime problem or in the drug trade, as [[EvilPowerVacuum another cartel simply took its place]]. On the ''other'' other hand: "True, and they haven't killed any American officials, have they? Somebody explained to them what the rules are."

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* WasItReallyWorthIt: [[{{YMMV}} depends on your point of view]]. This is discussed in a later book when we learn that the operation was a success, in the sense that the Cartel eventually came apart as a result of the EnemyCivilWar initiated here. On the other hand, this made no serious dent in Colombia's organized crime problem or in the drug trade, as [[EvilPowerVacuum another cartel simply took its place]]. On the ''other'' other hand: "True, and they haven't killed any American officials, have they? Somebody explained to them what the rules are."
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