- Dec 19, 2006
Like any high school student... always check your sources. The article/commentary attributed to that blurb in Wikipedia was written by Michael DiMercurio. Mr. DiMercurio's commentary doesn't include any transcript of Clancy's comments, doesn't quote him directly, and contains little context beyond what he feels applies to his article. The entire Wikipedia "reference" to Clancy is DiMercurio paraphrasing what he remembered Tom Clancy saying 5 years earlier on CNN. That said, DiMercurio was making the point that 9/11 was blamed in some small part to the government's "lack of imagination" in thinking that a terrorist would fly a plane into a building. He added the CNN/Clancy reference to note that, no, it wasn't a lack of imagination... Tom Clancy already imagined something similar. DiMercurio made no allusion that Clancy thought "the 9/11 idea should be credited to him."
Originally Posted By: friendly_jacek
Well, Tom Clancy believed it himself. Does it make him a nutjob too?
In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Tom Clancy commented on CNN about the very close similarity between the events in the novel and those attacks.