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hardnox
Advisor

Bacevich on Clancy

http://thebaffler.com/past/tom_clancy_military_man

 

"But any understanding gained by either soldiers or society,whether engaged in Patriot Games or fending off The Sum of All Fears, was illusory, rooted in fantasies that sanitized war and conveyed a false sense of what military service really entails. Instead of bridging the civil-military divide, Clancy papered it over, thereby perpetuating it. By extension, he contributed in no small way to the conditions breeding the misguided and costly military adventurism that has become the signature of U.S. policy.

Clancy did prove to be a figure of consequence. Alas, almost all of those consequences have proven to be pernicious. And there’s no Jack Ryan anywhere in sight to come to our rescue."

 

Lived through it all. Old centrist cold war republicans tended to be a bit uneasy with the new mitarist jingoism (U...S...A....U....S....A)

but for the most part accepted it as expedient to keeping maintaining the national will and finishing the "long twilight struggle."

 

History is full of irony and in this case it led to A New American Century that didn't even make it through its first decade.

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Red Steele
Veteran Advisor

Re: Bacevich on Clancy

Tom Clancy may have been a successful B-grade writer but my memory of him will always be of the blowhard that was going to buy the MN Vikings and had to end up telling the media to (expletive deleted) when it turned out that he was all hat and no cattle. Also, he had some plump lady friend with him at the time that seemed to diminish his stature, too. He should have just kept to writing those B-grade books that guys like you love to watch when they are made into movies.

hardnox
Advisor

Re: Bacevich on Clancy

I thought Red Storm Rising and Hunt For Red October were OK. After that he started getting into the male romance novel/military porn genre more heavily.

 

I'd heard several sources say that in person he was a real jerk. I try not to make too much of that sort of second and third hand opinion. But actually one of my brothers met him at the WH showing of Hunt , and generally concurred with that assessment.

 

Although I think it is fair to say that the military brass generally welcomed the propaganda.

hardnox
Advisor

Re: Bacevich on Clancy

"The most popular show on TV", NCIS, is really just a sort of hybrid extension of military romance porn.

 

It is even more impressive that the "detectives" who are violating everyone's rights with warrantless searches, instant access to metadata etc., are also military, fighting terrorists sometimes.

 

And of course you had an attractive character who just happened to be a foreign national but was "one of us."  Who is now replaced by a cute, quirky former NSA snooper whose genius intuition is keeping the bad guys from killing our babies.

 

Terrible, horrible, frightening not so subliminal messaging.

schnurrbart
Veteran Advisor

Re: Bacevich on Clancy

B-grade books? Your idea of a great book is the teaparty coloring book!
schnurrbart
Veteran Advisor

Re: Bacevich on Clancy

NCIS, romance porn????? Have you ever watched it? You need to explain that one.