Drugs, Oil, and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 2003 - History - 227 pages
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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."
  

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Contents

The Deep Politics of US Interventions
1
Afghanistan Heroin and Oil 2002
25
Drugs and Oil in US Asian Wars From Indochina to Afghanistan
27
Indochina Colombia and Afghanistan Emerging Patterns
39
The Origins of the Drug Proxy Strategy The KMT Burma and US Organized Crime
59
Colombia Cocaine and Oil 2001
69
The United States and Oil in Colombia
71
The CIA and Drug Traffickers in Colombia
85
Overview Public Private and Covert Political Power
109
CATAir America 19501970
119
Laos 19591970
147
Cambodia and Oil 1970
167
Opium the China Lobby and the CIA
185
A Deep Politics Bibliography
209
Index
213
About the Author
227

The Need to Disengage from Colombia
97
Indochina Opium and Oil from The War Conspiracy 1972
107

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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 includeDeep Politics and the Death of JFK, The War Conspiracy, Cocaine Politics, andThe Iran-Contra Connection (the last two in collaboration). His most recent book of poetry isMinding 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.

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