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* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: A single throwaway line buried in ''Debt of Honor'' mentions that [[spoiler:North and South Korea had recently been reunified]]. Which is exactly the kind of major event that Clancy usually takes a whole book to cover.
** Clancy's one-time collaborator Larry Bond covered this: Red Phoenix. Clancy may have more or less "incorporated it by reference."



* StrawCharacter: Several media pundits (usually liberals) are portrayed as this. Ed Kealty, widely regarded as being a TakeThat directed against Ted Kennedy is a very Democratic one, although this may be a subversion: Arnie Van Damm notes that Kealty has no real principles, holds liberal views only in order to get himself elected, and would "fuck a snake," in order to get what he wants.


* NamesTheSame: Particularly {{egregious}} in some cases, when Clancy uses the same names for characters that either die or are separated by years. The most notable examples include:

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* NamesTheSame: Particularly {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} in some cases, when Clancy uses the same names for characters that either die or are separated by years. The most notable examples include:


* AcceptableEthnicTargets: Clancy doesn't pull any punches in the novels, but the film adaptation of ''The Sum of All Fears'' conveniently replaces the Arab terrorists with Neo-Nazis. Also see YellowPeril below. That being said, he also treats ethnic groups, especially traditionally vilified ones, with a great deal of respect. He makes it pretty clear that it's just the extremes of each groups that tend to be problematic. This he even applies to his own countrymen.

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* AcceptableEthnicTargets: Clancy doesn't pull any punches in the novels, but the film adaptation of ''The Sum of All Fears'' conveniently replaces the Arab terrorists with Neo-Nazis. Also see YellowPeril below. That being said, he also treats ethnic groups, especially traditionally vilified ones, with a great deal of respect. He makes it pretty clear that it's just the extremes of each groups that tend to be problematic. This he even applies to his own countrymen.


** Similarly, ExecutiveMeddling forced the film version of ''The Sum of all Fears'' to feature [[spoiler:Neo-Nazis as the antagonists rather than Arabs]], as they thought [[spoiler:Arab terrorists]] wouldn't be able to pull off something that dramatic.[[note:The film premiered in May 2002, after the 9/11 attacks, but principal photography was completed three months earlier in June 2001. Arguably, this was a stroke of luck, as having Arab terrorists as the villains would likely give the impression of exploiting 9/11 and alienating American audiences.]]

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** Similarly, ExecutiveMeddling forced the film version of ''The Sum of all Fears'' to feature [[spoiler:Neo-Nazis as the antagonists rather than Arabs]], as they thought [[spoiler:Arab terrorists]] wouldn't be able to pull off something that dramatic.[[note:The [[note]]The film premiered in May 2002, after the 9/11 attacks, but principal photography was completed three months earlier in June 2001. Arguably, this was a stroke of luck, as having Arab terrorists as the villains would likely give the impression of exploiting 9/11 and alienating American audiences.]][[/note]]


** Similarly, ExecutiveMeddling forced the film version of ''The Sum of all Fears'' to feature [[spoiler:Neo-Nazis as the antagonists rather than Arabs]], as they thought [[spoiler:Arab terrorists]] wouldn't be able to pull off something that dramatic.

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** Similarly, ExecutiveMeddling forced the film version of ''The Sum of all Fears'' to feature [[spoiler:Neo-Nazis as the antagonists rather than Arabs]], as they thought [[spoiler:Arab terrorists]] wouldn't be able to pull off something that dramatic.[[note:The film premiered in May 2002, after the 9/11 attacks, but principal photography was completed three months earlier in June 2001. Arguably, this was a stroke of luck, as having Arab terrorists as the villains would likely give the impression of exploiting 9/11 and alienating American audiences.]]

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* CriticalResearchFailure: The first ''Op-Center'' book was set in Korea and the ghostwriter's research was minimal, at best. Even some of the most basic things were wrong including Korean characters being given ''incomplete names'' because the ghostwriter seemed to have plucked them from a list that used an archaic contraction system where the second part of a Korean's given name is reduced to an initial.


* ViewersAreMorons: Taken to relative length in ''Rainbow Six'' and ''The Bear and the Dragon'', where certain important points are explained multiple times, in depth; one would assume that John Clark's meeting with Golovko in ''Executive Orders'' would be important enough for everyone present at Rainbow HQ to at least know of.


** In ''Debt of Honor'', [[spoiler:the U.S. Capitol Building is destroyed by a kamikaze Japanese Airlines pilot. Clancy was interviewed several times in the wake of the September 11th attacks specifically because of this coincidence. Specifically, a little before the attacks he raised how his editor said this was too far fetched to a general friend and asked if they had ever discussed this. The general thought about it and said something along the lines of, "No Tom, we hadn't discussed a hijacking and suicide bombing, but when the Joint Chiefs next meet, we will."]]

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** In ''Debt of Honor'', [[spoiler:the U.S. Capitol Building is destroyed by a kamikaze Japanese Airlines pilot. ]] Clancy was interviewed several times in the wake of the September 11th attacks specifically because of this coincidence. Specifically, a little before the attacks he raised how his editor said this was too far fetched to a general friend and asked if they had ever discussed this. The general thought about it and said something along the lines of, "No Tom, we hadn't discussed a [[spoiler:a hijacking and suicide bombing, bombing]], but when the Joint Chiefs next meet, we will."]]"



** Likewise, Patriot Games dealt with America's vulnerability to foreign terrorist groups long before any actually operated over there.

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** Likewise, Patriot Games dealt with America's vulnerability to foreign terrorist groups long before any actually operated over there.


** In ''Debt of Honor'', [[spoiler:the U.S. Capitol Building is destroyed by a kamikaze Japanese Airlines pilot. Clancy was interviewed several times in the wake of the September 11th attacks specifically because of this coincidence.]]

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** In ''Debt of Honor'', [[spoiler:the U.S. Capitol Building is destroyed by a kamikaze Japanese Airlines pilot. Clancy was interviewed several times in the wake of the September 11th attacks specifically because of this coincidence.]] Specifically, a little before the attacks he raised how his editor said this was too far fetched to a general friend and asked if they had ever discussed this. The general thought about it and said something along the lines of, "No Tom, we hadn't discussed a hijacking and suicide bombing, but when the Joint Chiefs next meet, we will."]]


** Robby Jackson, Ryan's best friend and [[spoiler:Vice President]] in ''The Bear and the Dragon'', is [[spoiler:[[DroppedABridgeOnHim assassinated off screen]]]] between ''The Bear and the Dragon'' and ''Teeth of the Tiger''. Note [[BarackObama who got elected President in 2008]].

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** Robby Jackson, Ryan's best friend and [[spoiler:Vice President]] in ''The Bear and the Dragon'', is [[spoiler:[[DroppedABridgeOnHim assassinated off screen]]]] between ''The Bear and the Dragon'' and ''Teeth of the Tiger''. Note [[BarackObama [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama who got elected President in 2008]].

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** The extreme savagery and resulting death toll from the Syrian and Iraqi Civil Wars make it hard to take ''Executive Orders'' relatively problem-free merger of Iraq and Iran seriously.


* UnfortunateImplications: In ''Teeth of the Tiger'', Dominic says this to his twin Brian:
-->"You always were the altar boy in the family."
:: Cue the recent [[PedophilePriest clerical sex scandals.]]


** The stupidity reaches such a point that several of the Chinese Politburo members themselves openly start saying "guys, we're being total morons about this". Nobody listens to them.

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** The stupidity reaches such a point that several of the Chinese Politburo members themselves openly start saying "guys, we're being total morons about this". Nobody listens to them.

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