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

av Peter Dale Scott

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Publisher's description: 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.… (mer)

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A must-read for anyone interested in the history of America's military interventions. ( )
  blake.rosser | Jul 28, 2013 |
[in German]: "Peter Dale Scott haelt sein materialistisches Politik- und Geschichtsverstaendnis konsequent durch. Er verficht weder eine Klassentheorie, noch sympathisiert er mit dem Sozialismus. An Scotts Stoffreichtum und seine übersichtliche Argumentation koennte ein sachkundiger Klassenanalytiker mit Gewinn anschliessen."
tillagd av davidgn | ändraJungen Welt, Thomas Immanuel Steinberg (Aug 21, 2004)
 
"If you have read Scott, you need read no further; a new book by Scott is an occasion.....Here is another way of looking at it. Because it remains the official stance of the US state, and its self-image, to a large extent, that the US is not an imperial power, its actual imperial policies have to be carried out as far as possible in secret....This combination of secrecy, deception,and scumbag allies, creates deep politics, the `immobilizing substratum of unspeakable scandal and bad faith' in which the US's foreign policy -- its undeclared foreign policy -- has been intertwined with the global drug traffic."
tillagd av davidgn | ändraLobster, Robin Ramsay (Dec 1, 2003)
 
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.
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Publisher's description: 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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