- Series: War and Peace Library
- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 4, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0742525228
- ISBN-13: 978-0742525221
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
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Drugs, Oil, and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina (War and Peace Library)
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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. (CHOICE)
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.... (Kirkus Reviews)
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)
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.
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Scott's basic premise (and this book is a 50:50 mix of a reprinting of the core of his '72 book THE WAR CONSPIRACY which dealt with US involvement in Indochina, and a 2002 update covering ongoing developments in Columbia and Afghanistan) is that the US, in it's attempt to thwart the spread of communism (and now more recently Islamic fundamentalist terrorism), focuses on oil and drugs to do two things with foreign policy - secure and control foreign oil resources, and utilize drug traffickers as allies and the drug trade as covert revenue. The irony is that the infamous "War on Drugs" is more a war for oil supported by expensive illegal drugs. The effects range from widespread (and increasingly violent) resistance to American hegemony to a huge increase in world-wide drug addiction. It is perhaps no coincidence that when the US invaded Afghanistan after 9-11, the Taliban had effectively suppressed opium production there, and the resulting removal of the Taliban led to Afghanistan's largest poppy crop and a much needed 400 billion dollar influx of drug money to the recently recessed world economy... (for more details see Ruppert's Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil).
There are many books full of this kind of detailed information, but too often they get marginalized and miss getting mainstream exposure and acceptance. Perhaps the average American thinks they are too sensational, extreme and hyperbolic (being just too conspiracy oriented). Perhaps, among those of us who care, we are left wondering what to believe, which book is information and which is disinformation (purposely planted to distract or delude us) This book, while detailed and focused on the nexus of oil resources and drug trafficking, is relatively concise and sober (supported with extensive footnotes), and appears to be the real deal. Scott no longer considers this a "conspiracy" as much as a generally accepted (albeit secretive) way of doing things, for a variety of sometimes conflicting motives, with an equally mixed variety of intended and unintended consequences. His particular point of view may well be partial, incomplete and biased (and the product of disinformation itself), but it is none the less a documentation of a slice of history and worthy of study along the trail of uncovering the larger picture and underlying pattern.
(What I disagree with Scott about is his view that this is primarily a "right-wing" phenomena/conspiracy. It seems that such ideological clarity is muddied considerably in the Powers-That-Be's desire to gain stability and maintain control, and as such, sounds a lot like the pragmatically motivated classic '3rd Way' of fascism - which has become the status quo almost by default. The result is that politics in America today is mostly "Progressive" in practice if not name, in other words; the centralized union of State and Corporation is almost complete in our anti-individualistic Brave New World. It may not be the violent/ugly fascism of Nazi Germany, but even in it's smily-faced form its pretty intolerant and plenty dangerous.)
I can understand if people are unsure what to believe and trust, but still find it amazing that more Americans don't know of, or care about, the ongoing entangled connections between America's foreign policy, the oil and military industrial lobbies, the CIA and the drug war/trade, or if they hear of it, dismiss it as unbelievable (or even a necessary evil!). It is a truly unholy alliance that needs to be exposed to a much wider audience (for a detailed view of how the CIA got involved in covert operations also see The Secret History of the CIA, or how the CIA was formed by it's bad side and uses it's legitimate but naive good side as a smokescreen and scapegoat see Psychological Warfare and the New World Order: The Secret War Against the American People).
But then again, maybe the fact that this information has been ignored repeatedly, and the benefactors of such a drug trade have done so well, so popularly (President Clinton being the most prominent example), indicates that the American people want to be kept ignorant and well supplied with the fruits of ongoing war, foreign oil, illegal drugs and the massive industries built up around supporting these.
The Vietnam war was based on the Southeast Asia domino theory, which raised concerns about the Indonesian oil assets. The war was all about preventing communist regimes from taking control of oil reserves.
Other examples are Iraq, Afghanistan and Unocal's oil pipeline from the Caspian Sea, Colombia and Occidental Petroleum's oil fields or Kossovo and the Balkan oil pipeline.
In order to control oil resources the US backes armies and governments that are heavily involved in drug trafficking. The end justifies all means.
This kind of powerplay is exercised by covert means (parapolitics). Unfortunately, those policies tend to metastasize into deep politics. As the author states: 'they become an interplay of unacknowledged forces on which the original parapolitical agent no longer has control'.
The result is that the US and the world are inundated with drugs. One cannot find one dollar note without drug traces.
This book is partly a rewriting of an older book of the author 'The War Conspiracy'.
Although it is more confusing and lesser deep digging than his Magnum Opus 'Deep Politics', it is a disturbing and impressive report.
Not to be missed.
Parapolitics-"describes the intentional controlling behavior, mostly executive and bureaucratic."
"Deep politics can refer to any form of sinister, unacknowledged influence."
Every chapter is loaded with notes at the end.
Scott emphasizes the monumental influence that oil interests have had on American foreign policy actions. This is often hidden from public view.
He mentions Nugan Hand bank which was a suspected CIA proprietary that combined drug financing with arms deals. Jonathan Kwitney also wrote an excellent book on Nugan Hand.
The CIA connection to opium and other drugs predates Air America and there are fascinating ties to the Corsican and Sicilian Mafias and even some famous American mafioso.
The material on BCCI bank was an eye-opener!
The author updated his material about the Indochina operations and war from the 1960's and 1970's. He examines the oil companies and their lobbyist's interests in former war areas like Cambodia.
One of the quotes that accurately reflects the point of this book is found on page 199. "The apparent involvement of CIA proprietaries with foreign narcotics operations is paralleled by their apparent interlock with domestic institutions serving organized crime."
"Drugs Oil and War" is a thoroughly documented book about foreign policy and the history of war, the part that oil and drugs often play in the matter.
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