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Robert Ritter (Character)
from Clear and Present Danger (1994)

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Clear and Present Danger (1994)
Jack Ryan: I didn't sign up for this. This is someone's bullshit political agenda. Who authorized this? Cutter?
Ritter: Cutter couldn't tie his own shoes without permission.
Jack Ryan: If I go down you're coming with me.
Ritter: Wrong again. I have an *autographed get-out-of-jail-free card*! "The President of the United States authorizes Deputy Director of the CIA Robert Ritter to conduct 'Operation Reciprocity' including all necessary funding and support. This action is deemed important to the national security of the United States etcetera, etcetera, etcetera." You don't *have* one of these, do you Jack?
[as Ryan walks away]
Ritter: Gray! The world is gray, Jack!

[Before commencing a covert action]
Ritter: Let me make this very clear: this is your deal, not mine, so unless I have written authorization, this whole thing is over before it starts because I'm not going to be the only one left without a chair when the music stops.

Ritter: [on Cutter's computer] They're in. Congratulation, James, you've got your own little war.

Ritter: Jack, computer theft is a serious crime.
[hangs up the phone]
Jack Ryan: [to himself] So are crimes against the Constitution.

Jack Ryan: You're going to jail, pal!
Ritter: [seeing Ryan holding a piece of paper] What is that? What is it you *think* you have there?
Jack Ryan: You broke the law.
Ritter: You are *such* a Boy Scout! You see everything in black and white!
Jack Ryan: No, no, no! Not black and white Ritter, *right* and *wrong*!

Jack Ryan: [confronting Ritter on "Reciprocity"] Why was I kept out if it?
Ritter: You weren't kept out of it, you're NECK DEEP in it! You went before Congress and you got the money for it!

Jack Ryan: Who authorized this?
Ritter: I'm sure they'll ask you that.
Jack Ryan: Who authorized it?
Ritter: I have no recollection, Senator

John Clark: "Reciprocity." That's a clever name for it. Revenge is a very, very, very dangerous motivation.
Robert Ritter: Are you able to handle this operation or not? What I'm looking for here is a simple yes or no.
John Clark: What you're looking for is a political mess.
Robert Ritter: Yes or no?
John Clark: Is that what they want? Because that's what this is.
Robert Ritter: They want what every first-term administration wants - a second term.