“Clear and Present Danger” and Jack Ryan’s Ambition

What always bothered me about my favorite movie of all time, "Clear and Present Danger" — Jack Ryan is supernaturally successful, right?  He's a millionaire ex-stockbroker with a PhD who essentially stole a Soviet submarine and single-handedly brought down the IRA.  So why is he a "deputy" director of intelligence? With his resume, he should be president! He'd have been elected post-Reagan. He's like a palatable Oliver North.

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