Despite the fact that he was a RWNJ in the mold of Alexander Haig, Darth Cheney and few others, the late novelist Tom Clancy was a helluva storyteller. One of his most endearing (not) techniques was to take the proclivities of the conservatives, and transfer them to liberals. I just finished Locked On, currently the penultimate novel in the Jack Ryan/John Clark series. Here are some of the things the libruls did, in an effort to oppress the innocent conservatives:
- Out a (former) CIA operative -- John Clark -- for purely political purposes (attempting to prevent the re-election of Jack Ryan as POTUS);
- Use federal law enforcement resources for purely partisan political reasons;
- Assist Islamist terrorists in avoiding justice;
- Use CIA personnel in domestic operations, targeting American nationals.
Every once in a while, his lack of attention to continuity sticks out like a sore thumb. In The Sum of All Fears, Charles Alden was
Another drawback to Clancy's later novels is his use of the deus ex machina of a secret, extra-governmental agency to protect America (not unlike the Men In Black franchise).
And don't get me started on the lunacy of casting Ben Affleck in the movie version of The Sum of All Fears.