Drugs, Oil, and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina (War and Peace Library)

Drugs, Oil, and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina (War and Peace Library)

By: Peter Dale Scott (author)Paperback

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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. The result has been a staggering increase in global drug traffic. Thus, the author argues, the exercise of power by covert means, or parapolitics, often metastasizes into deep politics_the interplay of unacknowledged forces that spin out of the control of the original policy initiators. Scott contends that we must recognize that U.S. influence is grounded not just in military and economic superiority 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.

About 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.


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

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  • ISBN13: 9780742525221
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 248
  • ID: 9780742525221
  • weight: 376
  • ISBN10: 0742525228

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