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Drugs, Oil, and War (War and Peace Library Series): The United States in Afghanistan, Columbia, and Indochina / Edition 1

Drugs, Oil, and War (War and Peace Library Series): The United States in Afghanistan, Columbia, and Indochina / Edition 1

by Peter Dale ScottPeter Dale Scott


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Peter Dale Scott's brilliantly researched tour de force illuminates the underlying forces that drive U.S. global policy from Vietnam to Colombia and now to Afghanistan and Iraq. He brings to light the intertwined patterns of drugs, oil politics, and intelligence networks that have been so central to the larger workings of U.S. intervention and escalation in Third World countries through alliances with drug-trafficking proxies. This strategy was originally developed in the late 1940s to contain communist China; it has since been used to secure control over foreign petroleum resources. The result has been a staggering increase in the global drug traffic and the mafias associated with it—a problem that will worsen until there is a change in policy. Scott argues that covert operations almost always outlast the specific purpose for which they were designed. Instead, they grow and become part of a hostile constellation of forces. The author terms this phenomenon parapolitics—the exercise of power by covert means—which tends to metastasize into deep politics—the interplay of unacknowledged forces that spin out of the control of the original policy initiators. We must recognize that U.S. influence is grounded not just in military and economic superiority, Scott contends, but also in so-called soft power. We need a "soft politics" of persuasion and nonviolence, especially as America is embroiled in yet another disastrous intervention, this time in Iraq.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742525221
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 03/28/2003
Series: War and Peace Library Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 899,965
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Peter Dale Scott was born in 1929 in Montreal, Canada. A former Canadian diplomat and professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, he is both a poet and an author of political analysis. His chief prose books include Deep Politics and the Death of JFK, The War Conspiracy, Cocaine Politics, and The Iran-Contra Connection (the last two in collaboration). His most recent book of poetry is Minding the Darkness, completing his trilogy Seculum. In 2002 he was awarded the Lannan Poetry Award. He is married to Ronna Kabatznick, and has three children by his former wife, Maylie Marshall.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction: The Deep Politics of U.S. Interventions Part 3 Part I: Afghanistan, Heroin, and Oil (2002) Chapter 4 Chapter 1: Drugs and Oil in U.S. Asian Wars: From Indochina to Afghanistan Chapter 5 Chapter 2: Indochina, Colombia, and Afghanistan: Emerging Patterns Chapter 6 Chapter 3: The Origins of the Drug Proxy Strategy: The KMT, Burma, and U.S. Organized Crime Part 7 Part II: Colombia, Cocaine, and Oil (2001) Chapter 8 Chapter 4: The United States and Oil in Colombia Chapter 9 Chapter 5: The CIA and Drug Traffickers in Colombia Chapter 10 Chapter 6: The Need to Disengage from Colombia Part 11 Part III: Indochina, Opium, and Oil (From The War Conspiracy, 1972) Chapter 12 Chapter 7: Overview: Public, Private, and Covert Political Power Chapter 13 Chapter 8: CAT/Air America, 1950-1970 Chapter 14 Chapter 9: Laos, 1959-1970 Chapter 15 Chapter 10: Cambodia and Oil, 1970 Chapter 16 Chapter 11: Opium, the China Lobby, and the CIA

What People are Saying About This

Michael C. Ruppert

No student of political science or political thinker dares overlook this thirty-year tour de force of the dark side of history and the para and deep politics that control so much of our daily lives.

Daniel Ellsberg

This is a brilliant, compelling, and startlingly original exposé of American foreign policy as oil policy with an addiction to drug trafficking as its adjunct. It makes most academic and journalistic explanations of the dreadful paradoxes of our past and current interventions read like government propaganda written for children.

Robert White

Peter Dale Scott takes us for a controversial tour along the dark side of American foreign policy. The book builds a powerful case that Washington's War on Drugs is at best futile and at worst criminal. The overall target is the militarization of our foreign policy. The facts and conclusions are chilling.

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