American War Machine: Deep Politics, the CIA Global Drug Connection, and the Road to Afghanistan

American War Machine: Deep Politics, the CIA Global Drug Connection, and the Road to Afghanistan

by Peter Dale Scott
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
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American War Machine: Deep Politics, the CIA Global Drug Connection, and the Road to Afghanistan

This provocative, thoroughly researched book explores the covert aspects of U.S. foreign policy. Prominent political analyst Peter Dale Scott marshals compelling evidence to expose the extensive growth of sanctioned but illicit violence in politics and state affairs, especially when related to America's long-standing involvement with the global drug traffic. Beginning with Thailand in the 1950s, Americans have become inured to the CIA's alliances with drug traffickers (and their bankers) to install and sustain right-wing governments. The pattern has repeated itself in Laos, Vietnam, Italy, Mexico, Thailand, Nigeria, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Panama, Honduras, Turkey, Pakistan, and now Afghanistan—to name only those countries dealt with in this book. Scott shows that the relationship of U.S. intelligence operators and agencies to the global drug traffic, and to other international criminal networks, deserves greater attention in the debate over the U.S. presence in Afghanistan. To date, America's government and policies have done more to foster than to curtail the drug trade. The so-called war on terror, and in particular the war in Afghanistan, constitutes only the latest chapter in this disturbing story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742555945
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/16/2010
Series: War and Peace Library Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 408
Sales rank: 1,104,188
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Deep History and the Global Drug Connection
Part I: Overview
Chapter 1: Sanctioned Violence, the Dominance Machine, and the Overworld
Part II: The CIA and Drugs Abroad
Chapter 2: Mexico, Drugs, the DFS, and the United States
Chapter 3: Operation Paper: The United States and Drugs in Thailand and Burma
Chapter 4: Rollback, PARU, and Laos: Preparing for Offensive War
Chapter 5: Laos: Financing a War by Drugs
Chapter 6: The War on Drugs in Asia: A Phony War with Real Casualties
Part III: Deep Events and the Drug Connection at Home
Chapter 7: The CIA, the Global Drug Connection, and Terrorism
Chapter 8: Inside the War Machine: The Profiteers from Enduring Violence
Chapter 9: 9/11 and the American Tradition of Engineered Deep Events
Part IV: America and Afghanistan Today
Chapter 10: Obama and Afghanistan: America's Drug-Corrupted War
Chapter 11: Conclusion: The War Machine and the Deep Politics of Drugs
Final Words

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