For Your Entertainment (FYE)(in the style of “reality” shows ;+)……..)
“Tom Clancy brought the term to a large audience in 1994 with the release of the film Clear and Present Danger (film). The phrase described creative evasion of public responsibility by some elected and some appointed officers of the government of the United States, especially in this case, the CIA. In the film, the President tacitly OK’d signals intelligence and covert military action in Colombia. The motivation for the actions related to approximately $650,000,000 ( six hundred and fifty millions of US Dollars) skimmed by a friend of the president from Colombian drug cartels.
Below is the quote from the film.
- The President: “You’ll take the blame. Cutter and Ritter will take some too, but it won’t amount to much, they’ll get a slap on the wrist. Then $20,000 an hour on the lecture circuit. The rest of the blame will fall on Greer. Oh yeah, you’ll take him down with you. You’ll destroy his reputation. But that´s as far as it will go. The old Potomac two-step, Jack.”
- Jack Ryan: “I’m sorry, Mr. President, I don’t dance.””
Replace “drug cartels” by “China, Middle East and Russia” and you may look at the present world situation in a different light…..;+)
“Red Storm Rising is a 1986 techno-thriller novel by Tom Clancy about a Third World War in Europe between NATO and Warsaw Pact forces, set around the mid-1980s. Though there are other novels dealing with a fictional World War III, this one is notable for the way in which numerous settings for the action—from Atlantic convoy duty to shooting down reconnaissance satellites to tank battles in Germany—all have an integral part to play on the outcome. It was also unusual in its depiction of a WWIII fought exclusively with conventional weapons, rather than escalating to nuclear warfare.”
“SSN (1996) is a novel created by Tom Clancy and Martin Greenberg following the missions of the U.S. Navy nuclear attack submarine USS Cheyenne (SSN-773) during a fictional war with China over the Spratly Islands, based on the video game of the same name.”
“Against All Enemies is a 2011 spy novel by Tom Clancy and Peter Telep. It appears not to be part of the Jack Ryan series of novels, and instead introduces a new hero, ex-Navy SEAL and CIA paramilitary operations officer Maxwell Moore.”
I don’t know….Is it only me, or anybody else is seeing us sliding back into a Tom Clancy’s novel universe with the global present charade as a reminiscence of pre-World War I & II and the West paranoid fixation on avoiding a conflict when it is already there…….:+(
“World War III is a common theme in popular culture. Since the 1940s, countless books, films, and television programmes have used the theme of nuclear weapons and a third global war. The presence of the Soviet Union as an international rival armed with nuclear weapons created a persistent fear in the United States. There was a pervasive dread of a nuclear World War III, and popular culture reveals the fears of the public at the time. This theme in the arts was also a way of exploring a range of issues far beyond nuclear war. The historian Spencer R. Weart called nuclear weapons a “symbol for the worst of modernity.”“
“During the Cold War, concepts such as mutual assured destruction (MAD) led lawmakers and government officials in both the United States and the Soviet Union to avoid entering a nuclear World War III that could have had catastrophic consequences on the entire world. Various scientists and authors, such as Carl Sagan, predicted massive, possibly life-ending destruction of the Earth as the result of such a conflict. Strategic analysts assert that nuclear weapons prevented the United States and the Soviet Union from fighting World War III with conventional weapons. Nevertheless, the possibility of such a war became the basis for speculative fiction, and its simulation in books, films and video games became a way to explore the issues of a war that has thus far not occurred in reality. The only places a global nuclear war have ever been fought are in expert scenarios, theoretical models, war games, and the art, film, and literature of the nuclear age. The concept of mutually assured destruction was also the focus of numerous movies and films.“
“Prescient stories about nuclear war were written before the invention of the atomic bomb. The most notable of these is The World Set Free, written by H. G. Wells in 1914. During World War II, several nuclear war stories were published in science fiction magazines such as Astounding. In Robert A. Heinlein’s story “Solution Unsatisfactory” the US develops radioactive dust as the ultimate weapon of war and uses it to destroy Berlin in 1945 and end the war with Germany. The Soviet Union then develops the same weapon independently, and war between it and the US follows. The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 made stories of a future global nuclear war look less like fiction and more like prophecy. When William Faulkner received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1949, he spoke about Cold War themes in art. He worried that younger writers were too preoccupied with the question of “When will I be blown up?”…….:+(
Unless we “keep the initiative” and blow them up, first…..;+)
Decisions, decisions, decisions…….;+)