History Literature / ClearAndPresentDanger

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."
7th Jun '16 1:50:21 PM Viper16
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* OddFriendship: Alan Trent, a gay liberal for Massachusetts who was introduced in ''Literature/TheCardinalOfTheKremlin'', is first seen in the company of Sam Fellows, a Mormon from Arizona, at the end of the novel [[spoiler:when they force the President to throw the election to Fowler]].

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* OddFriendship: Alan Trent, a gay liberal for from Massachusetts who was introduced in ''Literature/TheCardinalOfTheKremlin'', is first seen in the company of Sam Fellows, a conservative Mormon from Arizona, at the end of the novel [[spoiler:when they force the President to throw the election to Fowler]].



** In ''much'' lesser measure, Clark with the Cartel. He despises drug dealing and organized crime on a very personal level, but is also a veteran Cold Warrior and as such appreciates the Cartel's very successful history of confronting Marxist insurgencies in Colombia.

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** In ''much'' lesser measure, Clark with the Cartel. He despises drug dealing and organized crime on a very personal level, but is also a veteran Cold Warrior and as such appreciates grudgingly respects the Cartel's very successful history of confronting Marxist insurgencies in Colombia.
7th Jun '16 9:27:39 AM Viper16
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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."
7th Jun '16 9:22:22 AM Viper16
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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Cortez, when he discovers the nature of the American operation against the cartel, to the point of saying he would like to meet the man who put this plan together: "truly he is a professional!" When he ''does'' get to meet John Clark, it doesn't end well for him.

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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Cortez, when he discovers the nature of the American operation against the cartel, to the point of saying says he would like to meet the man who put this plan together: "truly he is a professional!" When he ''does'' get to meet John Clark, it doesn't end well for him.



* DarkerAndEdgier: the Ryanverse was never a warm and fuzzy place, but it takes a level in darkness in this one. Admiral Greer [[spoiler:dies of cancer]]; high ranking members of the U.S. government who had previously been shown as men of honor and integrity, including Judge Moore, Bob Ritter, and the President, are shown engaging in a covert operation that eventually [[spoiler:slides into a criminal conspiracy]]; Admiral Cutter gives us our first CorruptPolitician in the series; and by the end, [[spoiler:the President having thrown the election as part of a deal to avoid exposure]], it's implied (and sadly borne out by the next book) that the incoming administration will be even worse. The American soldiers deployed to Colombia are [[spoiler:betrayed by a superior trying to cover his own ass]], resulting in the deaths of most of them. Finally, the book touches on two heavily topical and controversial issues for the late eighties, the war on drugs and the Iran-contra scandal, in contrast to the general {{Eagleland}} Type 1 portrayal of America in the first few books.
** Possibly the bleakest thing about the story is the knowledge that the drug problem is unsolvable, or at least beyond the ability of the main characters to fix - as Cortez points out, education may eventually reduce the demand for drugs, but in the meantime, so long as Americans want them, someone will be there to supply them.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: the The Ryanverse was never a warm and fuzzy place, but it takes a level in darkness in this one. Admiral Greer [[spoiler:dies of cancer]]; high ranking members of the U.S. government who had previously been shown as men of honor and integrity, including Judge Moore, Bob Ritter, and the President, are shown engaging in a covert operation that eventually [[spoiler:slides into a criminal conspiracy]]; Admiral Cutter gives us our first CorruptPolitician in the series; and by the end, [[spoiler:the President having thrown the election as part of a deal to avoid exposure]], it's implied (and sadly borne out by the next book) that the incoming administration will be even worse. The American soldiers deployed to Colombia are [[spoiler:betrayed by a superior trying to cover his own ass]], resulting in the deaths of most of them. Finally, the book touches on two heavily topical and controversial issues for the late eighties, the war on drugs and the Iran-contra scandal, in contrast to the general {{Eagleland}} Type 1 portrayal of America in the first few books.
** Possibly the bleakest thing about the story is the knowledge that the drug problem is unsolvable, or at least beyond the ability of the main characters to fix - as fix. Cortez points out, out that education may eventually reduce the demand for drugs, but in the meantime, so long as Americans want them, someone will be there to supply them.



* 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 ''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.



* OddFriendship: Alan Trent, who was introduced in ''Literature/TheCardinalOfTheKremlin'', is first seen in the company of Sam Fellows, a Mormon from Arizona, at the end of the novel [[spoiler:when they force the President to throw the election to Fowler]].

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* OddFriendship: Alan Trent, a gay liberal for Massachusetts who was introduced in ''Literature/TheCardinalOfTheKremlin'', is first seen in the company of Sam Fellows, a Mormon from Arizona, at the end of the novel [[spoiler:when they force the President to throw the election to Fowler]].
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