In today's National Review Online, Bill Hawkins has an interesting take on the similarities between the fictional Charles Logan and the not-fictional but still nightmarish Bill Clinton:
In 24 Logan's plot was too clever by half. He arranges for the Chechens to obtain a large supply of nerve gas from an American lab and arranges for them to ship it back to their homeland. The Chechens are not fools, however, and suspect a trap. They uncover the U.S. agent who has infiltrated their ranks. They also disarm the triggering device that the White House was going to use to detonate the gas once it had arrived in the overseas terrorist lair. The objective was to wipe out the terrorist cell, but also use the group's possession of WMD as a pretext for intervention in Central Asia. For revenge, the Chechens try to use the gas to kill thousands of Americans.
In State of War, Risen reveals that Clinton also had an overly ambitious plot, which eventually backfired, involving assisting an enemy with WMDs. Operation Merlin had the CIA using a Russian atomic scientist, who had defected to the United States, to sell or give nuclear bomb blueprints to Iranian diplomats at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna. The catch was that the plans for the TBA 480 "firing set" contained design errors that would send Iran's scientists down the wrong path and delay their development of weapons. The TBA 480 is a Russian device for creating the implosion that sets off the nuclear chain-reaction in a bomb. The Russian scientist, whose defection does not now seem as genuine as was supposed, spotted the flaws and offered to help Iran fix the problems. But even if he had not tipped off the Iranians, other Russian and Chinese experts are known to be helping Tehran, so the design flaws would likely have been spotted at some point.
Actually, I think the similarites go far beyond that posited by the author of this piece.
Both Logan and Clinton are married to ballsy women with Bill having the misfortune of having to live with a true harridan. Meanwhile, Logan gets to play hide the salami with a woman who has firmer boobs than Chelsea.
Also, both Logan and Clinton have that same unctious, oily personna that grates like a fingernail being drawn across a blackboard. Every time Bill bites his lower lip, I want to urge him to keep going and devour the rest of his face, so sick and tired I've gotten having to look at it for the last decade.
But hey! Don't call me a Clinton hater....