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This Tom Clancy real-life military thriller is more nuanced than his novels, because its object is not simply to dramatize armed conflict
but to relate the life lessons of his source, jet-pilot-turned-Desert-Storm-air-commander General Chuck Horner. Horner is no war
cheerleader like General "Buck" Turgidson in Dr. Strangelove. He loathes the arrogance of the backwards, nuke-happy Strategic Air
Command and the madly out-of-touch Vietnam War planner Robert McNamara. McNamara confesses his folly in two books,
Argument Without End and In Retrospect, but Horner's you-are-there account more vividly demonstrates Vietnam's grim lessons.
He flew an F-105 Thunderbird "Thud" fighter in the Wild Weasels, the unit with the highest medals-per-aircrew ratio, knew pilots
who were stoned to death by villagers, and realized all the bombing did zero good. "All we really had to do was befriend Ho," says
Horner sensibly. "Seems he wasn't part of a monolithic Communist plot, and hated the Chinese more than anything else." Horner is
savvy about the screwups, the achievements, and the political maneuvering in and after the Gulf War, as leaders and branches of
service battled for PR victories. His idea of a hero is Boomer McBroom's pilot Captain Gentner Drummond, who won a Flying Cross
medal for refusing AWACS orders to down a jet that turned out to be a Saudi ally. Horner thinks the interservice and international
cooperation in the Gulf War was way better than in Vietnam, but there's ample room for improvement. The action scenes aren't quite
as brilliant as those in Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War, but Clancy fans will find plenty to admire. Horner's improbable
survival of a 150-m.p.h. near-crash in Libya in 1962 belongs in a Tom Clancy film.
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