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Drugs, Oil, and War

The United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina

Peter Dale Scott

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. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 248Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
978-0-7425-2521-4 • Hardback • March 2003 • $101.00 • (£70.00)
978-0-7425-2522-1 • Paperback • March 2003 • $30.95 • (£21.95)
978-0-585-45973-8 • eBook • January 2004 • $28.95 • (£19.95)
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.
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
Scott, a former Canadian diplomat and current English professor, analyzes an important aspect of U.S. foreign policy. Scott does point to sources and relationships that are often ignored by works relying on standard archival materials.

Praise for the work of Peter Dale Scott: The War Conspiracy A powerful analysis of the United States' persistent drive toward war.....
Franz Schurmann

Praise for the work of Peter Dale Scott: Cocaine Politics For the evidence that narcotics . . . have been instruments of U.S. foreign policy, you simply have to read Cocaine Politics. This, one of the most enlightening books of the year, will redefine your usage of the silly term 'drug war.''''
Christopher Hitchens; The Nation

Praise for the work of Peter Dale Scott: The War Conspiracy A meticulous and fascinating analysis. . . . The great importance of this book extends well beyond the new understanding it provides with regards to past escapades. Scott exposes an element in the American system of global power that poses an increasing threat to the victims of this system....
Noam Chomsky, MIT

Praise for the work of Peter Dale Scott: Deep Politics and the Death of JFK Staggeringly well-researched and intelligent overview not only of the JFK assassination but also of the rise of forces undermining American democracy—of which the assassination, Scott says, is symptomatic....

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.
Michael C. Ruppert, publisher/editor of From the Wilderness

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.
Ambassador Robert White, president of the Center for International Policy

Praise for the work of Peter Dale Scott:Coming to JakartaComing to Jakarta is the most important political poem to appear in the English language in a very long time.
Robert Hass

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.
Daniel Ellsberg, author of Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers