4 Real Life Events Predicted by Tom Clancy

The thriller master seemed to have a knack for foreseeing the future

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Tom Clancy, who died Tuesday at the age of 66, was one of the most successful authors and media moguls in the country. His books like The Hunt for Red October and Rainbow Six were bestsellers that went on to spawn blockbuster films and video game franchises, but longtime fans have noticed that Clancy had knack for more than crafting a plot, as many of Clancy’s stories have had an eerie ability to foresee future. Here a few real life events that Clancy seemed to anticipate in his fictional plots. Have we missed any? Leave your suggestions in the comments section.

1. September 11th: In Debt of Honor, Clancy imagines a scenario where an economic dispute between the United States and Japan boils over into a military conflict. Though recurring hero Jack Ryan is able to outmaneuver the ruling Japanese cabal, the conflict results in the death of a Japan Air pilot’s son and brother. The pilot, driven insane with grief, flies his Boeing 747 into the U.S. capitol during a joint session of Congress.

2. Russia-Georgia War of 2008: One of Tom Clancy’s more successful video game “Ghost Recon” was released in 2001, but is set in 2008. The game begins with a conflict between Georgian rebel forces and Russian nationalists who have seized power with the intent of reestablishing the Soviet empire. Though many who study the region may have predicted that tensions between Georgia and Russia were likely to escalate into military conflict, Clancy’s game is strangely on target predicting the war’s start, as the game’s events take place in April 2008, just a few months before the real-world conflict began.

3. Osama Bin Laden’s Capture: For ten years, Osama Bin Laden was popularly imagined to be hiding in a cave somewhere in the border region in Southwest Afghanistan, though he was really living in relative comfort in Abbottabad, Pakistan. In Clancy’s Dead or Alive, which details the capture of a Bin Laden-like mastermind, known as “The Emir,”  the notorious terrorist has evaded the U.S. intelligence authorities, not by hiding out in South Asia, but Las Vegas. Still, the book culminated with the Bin Laden character brought to justice by special operatives and was published just a few months before the Abbottabad raid actually took place.

4. The Activities of the Joint Special Operations Command: Tom Clancy’s 1994 novel Clear and Present Danger tells the story of a desperate U.S. government and its attempt to quell the increasingly violent South American drug trade. The C.I.A resorts to intercepting mobile phone communications between drug cartels in South America, which it then uses to launch covert military actions – without the approval or knowledge of Congress – to pacify the drug cartels. As Geoffrey Ingersoll of Business Insider points out, the government’s use of phone tapping and secret military operations mirrors the acitivities of the NSA and JSOC in the years after 9-11 to suppress terrorism in the Middle East — activities which are just now being brought to the public’s attention through the Edward Snowden leaks.

18 comments
UnniN
UnniN

A prediction for Mr Openminded. 

Not too far into the future, people will realise that his name is a contradiction and that he is severely Closeminded in fact.

PoppaCharlie
PoppaCharlie

What a stretch!  Go through his books again and see if he also predicted this rainy week we just had.

Openminded1
Openminded1

Tom also predicted the world would be taken over by Muslim radicals and they would have help from inside the White house, another come true prediction, happening slowly as we read this, coming to a mosque near all of you, liberal morons.

#libtardedamerica
#libtardedamerica

@UnniN  

a prediction for UnniN: 

Not too far in the future, you'll understand what irony is as you clearly don't.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@UnniN gee you are a genius i have  somewhere around 4000 post on here dummy, my site name is meant to be ironic dumb ass.

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

@PoppaCharlie Yeah, I get the same feeling when people try to match Nostradamus' predictions with historical events.  From what I've read, he had an imagination like H.G. Wells, but didn't live an a time when he could be a science fiction writer.

It takes no flights of fancy to predict world events - especially when they're as inappropriately and loosely applied as Clancy's stories were with real events as in this article.  All it takes is some imagination, an ability to tell a story and an audience willing to make connections in their minds that don't exist in real life.

pmcizhere
pmcizhere

@Openminded1With all their constant in-fighting, I sincerely doubt it. Your comment comes across as simply xenophobic.

mbigwood1
mbigwood1

@Openminded1 The only moron I see here is you. RIP Mr. Clancy, you will be sorely missed.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@PoppaCharlie @Openminded1 By they way i know all the words to every sinatra song and marvin gay, dean martin,al green,barry white, teddy pendergrass and lou rawalls . I know a lot of tunes.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@PoppaCharlie @Openminded1 You keep on forgetting Poppa that everyone one here seems to sing the same tune, Obama is the second coming and the GOP are terrorist and the tea party is this or that. My thing is f-ing dirt bag muslims. You want to trust them fine . most of the world does not. and obama if you do some digging you will find the whole family was and is Muslim. and he is a racist You do not think so fine . history and time will show the true Obama.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@pmcizhere @Openminded1 You are also naive sonny you are just a kid with very little life experience, i have no fear from people of other countries ass wipe I have traveled all over europe and south america and the caribbean, vietnam thailand and many more in my 63 years of life. I just do not trust Muslim and with good reason. do some checking, unless you are a muslim then you know how violent they are.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@mbigwood1 @Openminded1 Hey dummy I liked Tom and his writing, read and comprehend my post is bases on another of Toms predictions that appear to becoming a reality.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@DeweySayenoff @RoyShastid @Openminded1 @mbigwood1 Nice try dewey using my line about the nsa, what a child how  lame are you son. You forget my file anywhere is the same a 30 year decorated police veteran who has worked with almost a federal agency in the country. An decorated Vietnam Veteran , when all you are is a candy ass bleeding heart liberal who works his 9 to 5 desk job. Every time you think you get anew lib on this site you think he or she has joined the club. Roy i am sure has a mind of his own and is a big boy who does not need you to hold his hand and guide him. grow up wimp.

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

@RoyShastid @Openminded1 @mbigwood1 No, actually, a grave after being shot for treason is Open's destiny.  I've seen his posts.  His political ideology has little difference with that of most terrorists in the world.  He is to moderation what Republicans are to Democrats, or ice is to fire.

And from what I've read, I figure the NSA already has him marked as someone to watch.

In short, don't feed the troll.  He's a goner eventually.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@RoyShastid @Openminded1 @mbigwood1 Roy you are very naive, I know more about reality then you will ever know, after 30 years a cop in a major city I live in the real world and his current book was to based on exactly what i said.  You open your mouth on a subject that is out of your realm. You are out of your league 

RoyShastid
RoyShastid

@Openminded1 @mbigwood1 When your internal reality is so obviously wrong as your is I have a prediction for you...a small padded cell is in your future.

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