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I believe it might be a reference to the Tom Clancy novel Clear and Present Danger. The novel featured the fictional OPERATION SHOWBOAT in which elite teams of U.S. special forces attack drug cartel operations in the jungles of Colombia. During the course of the novel, the special forces teams are betrayed. They attempt to flee hostile cartel soldiers on the their way to a pre-planned extraction point, only to find that political leaders in Washington have shut down and disavowed the operation. The survivors of the teams are eventually rescued by the novels protagonists, CIA operatives Jack Ryan and John Clark.
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