Tom Clancy. Photo: Wikimedia/Gary Wayne Gilbert

Tom Clancy. Photo: Wikimedia/Gary Wayne Gilbert

Only two men could make the American public really care about a strong national defense, Heritage Foundation vice president James Carafano writes on One was President Reagan, and the other was Tom Clancy.

So conservatives lost an ally when Clancy, author of bestsellers like The Hunt for Red October, passed away this week in Baltimore at the age of 66.

Carafano explains Clancy’s gift:

Clancy helped millions understand the transformation of American security challenges from the Great Power confrontations of the Cold War to the new world disorder full of terrorists, narco-traffickers, and failed states . . . He also tried to tell us something true and important about the men and women who protect us and the threats they face.

Did Clancy’s writing influence your views on national defense? Tell us in the comments.


Comments (13)

Weaver - October 3, 2013

Tom Clancy was spot on about the Soviet Union, IRA, Drug Cartels, terrorist networks, and China. Will be missed as a writer and proud American.

Nancy - October 3, 2013

Oh yes, most definitely. I will miss his writing.

Jeffery Topps - October 3, 2013

One of my fondest memories as a father is saying goodnight to my boys and seeing them reading Tom Clancy books as they headed off to sleep. We instilled a love of reading in them from an early age and they took it to heart by tackling the massive books that Clancy wrote. He’ll be missed in our family for sure.

Paul Aas - October 3, 2013

I’ve worked at Electric Boat Shipyard (designers and builders of the world’s best submarines, including USS DALLAS of Hunt for Red October fame) for nearly 39 years. I read Red October when it first came out and it was a very inspiring story. I remember when the movie version was released. SUBASENLON had movie night at the Deally Center Theater. The Groton, CT community was very proud of Mr. Clancy’s tribute to the Silent Service.

John Raeke - October 3, 2013

Loved Clancy’s books, the intricate plots and subplots. Read each of his books and waited impatiently for the next one.

He will be missed. Gone before his time.

Patricia A Mayo - October 3, 2013

I read many of Tom Clancy’s books, and highly recommend them… and love them. He had both foresight and hindsight, and used them to his best advantage to keep us abreast of what happened and may be happening… Lord help us! We are now more aware. Period.

Darryl Hofe - October 4, 2013

I am an addicted Clancy fan and will miss his books. I had hoped to meet him one day.
Yes, he infulenced my understanding of defense, politics, intelligence, preparedness and warfare.
Moreover, he confirmed my understanding of the First Rule of Foreign Policy: ALL NATIONAS ARE ENEMIES EXCEPT WHEN THIER INTERESTS ALIGN.

If our current batch of radicals understood this, we would have a coherent set of foreign policies and the Boston Marathon could have been an uneventful race.

G Murphy - October 4, 2013

I read Clancy’s books sometimes multiple times. In the Army during the cold war and then after, I heard my comrades in Arms in the conversations.

And Patriotism! How he made a simple statement in the stories. Our armed forces showing expertise, technology and courage defending a great country.

Dave - October 5, 2013

Clancy didn’t really influence my views on national defense because I was already there ahead of him, having been in the navy six years, 10/69 to 10/75. I loved his intricate plotting and story lines which he usually was right on about. I will miss not seeing any more from him. He knew what honor, patriotism, and love of country are.

Diane Pike - October 5, 2013

My son and I have read nearly all of his books, and they all were more truth than fiction to us. We will miss the books he will not write. God bless him.

Ray Aguilar - October 5, 2013

Tom Clancy, has been a good American and written several books, and told the truth.Rest in peace.America and the world will miss his books, me in particular.

Shelleyb - October 27, 2013

I, too, will miss Tom Clancy. Every one of his books kept me on the edge of my chair. His unique way of ‘jumping’ from one plot to another, keeps me intent to see how it ends…

Gary L - November 21, 2015

My favorite spy novel of all times was Cardinal of the Kremlin. I could NOT put it down until it was done! Clancy was a true master of his craft, and his love for his country and admiration for the people who risk their lives to protect it shown through over this entire book and every Clancy novel I read.

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