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

a book by Peter Dale Scott

(our site's book review)

America's Drug-Greased War Machine

This provocative, thoroughly researched book explores the covert aspects of U.S. foreign policy—and there are plenty. Prominent political analyst Peter Dale Scott offers convincing evidence to expose the pervasive growth of sanctioned but illicit violence in politics and state affairs, especially as it pertains to America's long-standing involvement with the global drug traffic. Beginning with Thailand in the 1950s, Americans have become accustomed 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. U.S. backdoor covert foreign policy has been the largest single cause of the illicit drugs flooding the world today. It isn't a war ON drugs, it's a war FOR drugs. Why? Why else? Money, control, and power. At least we're consistent!

The U.S. has been the largest single cause of the illicit drugs flooding the world today—it isn't a war ON drugs, it's a war FOR drugs; the drug pushers may look like this, BUT . . .
The U.S. has been the largest single cause of the illicit drugs flooding the world today—it isn't a war ON drugs, it's a war FOR drugs; the drug pushers may look like this, BUT . . .


The actual pushers of the pushers that empower these pushers to push look a lot more like THIS!
The actual pushers of the pushers that empower these pushers to push look a lot more like THIS!


But when you ask Dubya Bush the Liar about his empowering of drug pushing you see his nose grow as he spews lies
But when you ask Dubya Bush the Liar about his empowering of drug pushing you see his nose grow as he spews lies

Our War ON drugs Is Really a War FOR Drugs!

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 (a fraud and a misdirection) and in particular the war in Afghanistan (mostly about grasping control of their very profitable drug empire—definitely not about "democratization"), constitutes only the latest chapter in this disturbing story. Scott is an idealist who believes that revealing the ugly forces behind the spread of unnecessary violence, an aroused citizenry can join forces to stop them. This seems like a bit of a stretch.

The U.S. depended on CIA alliances with drug traffickers to install and sustain right-wing governments in Laos, Vietnam, Italy, Mexico, Thailand, Nigeria, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Panama, Honduras, Turkey, Pakistan, and Afghanistan
The U.S. depended on CIA alliances with drug traffickers to install and sustain right-wing governments in Laos, Vietnam, Italy, Mexico, Thailand, Nigeria, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Panama, Honduras, Turkey, Pakistan, and Afghanistan

How Much Change Would a Democratic Movement Going Against Corporate Interests Cause?

We have to ask ourselves if a democratic movement going against corporate interests would actually be allowed to get off the ground in such a corrupt political environment—fat chance
We have to ask ourselves if a democratic movement going against corporate interests would actually be allowed to get off the ground in such a corrupt political environment—fat chance

We have to ask ourselves if a democratic movement going against corporate interests would actually be allowed to get off the ground in such a corrupt political environment. Fat chance. Occupy Wall Street was allowed as long as the protestors weren't really allowed to occupy or disrupt Wall Street, which would be blasphemy to the rich and powerful, and as long as protestors could be conveniently shuffled off to a convenient private park—out of sight, out of mind.

Scott believes that an aroused citizenry can join forces to stop the corrupt, drug-fueled wars. But the Occupy Wall Street protest, though it spawned the Occupy movement against social and economic inequality, did nothing to stop injustice. Copyright © 2011 by Louis Lanzano
Scott believes that an aroused citizenry can join forces to stop the corrupt, drug-fueled wars. But the Occupy Wall Street protest, though it spawned the Occupy movement against social and economic inequality, did nothing to stop injustice. Copyright © 2011 by Louis Lanzano


'You know, Archibald, my bladder is a tad too full—do these windows open? I'd like to send my regards to those pesky OWS protesters'
'You know, Archibald, my bladder is a tad too full—do these windows open? I'd like to send my regards to those pesky OWS protesters'

This book will aid us to understand the way we have been so manipulated and misinformed by CIA misinformation and propaganda that what we think we know about history, the CIA, and the drug trade is far from the truth. See Freedom of the Press—an American Delusion.

No wonder the public seems so confused and nothing ever changes. They're choking on misinformation that comes their way via political manipulation of citizens and via the Culture War!
No wonder the public seems so confused and nothing ever changes. They're choking on misinformation that comes their way via political manipulation of citizens and via the Culture War!

American Hegemony—at What Price?

The U.S.'s military-industrial-corporate monster, often functioning independently from the elected government (via shadow government ops or simply black ops or parapolitics), has led countless actions that it perceives to be in the best interests of perpetuating American hegemony (but they are anything but the best interests of the state or faction acted upon—see A Game As Old As Empire: The Secret World of Economic Hit Men and the Web of Global Corruption).

U.S. Black Ops
U.S. Black Ops

Backed by exhaustive research and very persuasive arguments, Scott—with a tireless commitment to unearthing the truth—seeks to prove that the funding and motivation behind America's assertion of global supremacy can be traced to drugs. (We feel he makes the case for the funding aspect of global supremacy but not for the motivation aspect. Motivation for the overreaching quest for hegemony is what it's always been: money and power for neocon elite oligarchs, backed by underlying causes such as greed and the psychological sickness of neocon obsessions. The drug aspect simply greases the wheels of the participants' efforts as it greases their palms with cash.)

To date, America's government and policies have done far more to foster than to curtail the drug trade, which honestly makes one wonder if there was ever a time in the propaganda-filled "war on drugs" when our leaders and their flunkies were serious about any part of said war (or were they just going through the motions to fool the public into thinking they were accomplishing something with all that tax money?). "Peter Dale Scott is our most fearless and illuminating chronicler of the lethal and mysterious web of unaccountable violence linking government to organized crime, the drug trade, state terror, and eventuating in disastrous wars."—Richard Falk, Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law Emeritus, Princeton University

Heroin addiction
Heroin addiction

Thoroughly researched and deeply informed, American War Machine: Deep Politics, the CIA Global Drug Connection, and the Road to Afghanistan makes for an intriguing read. It analyses the hidden mechanisms behind the exercise of real power in the Western World. "I said of Scott's last brilliant take on this subject, Drugs, Oil and War, that 'It makes most academic and journalistic explanations of our past and current interventions read like government propaganda written for children.' Now Scott has written an even better book. Read it!"—Daniel Ellsberg, author of Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers


American Hegemony—at What Price?

Scott has defined concepts such as deep events, deep politics and the deep state, to refer to covert mechanisms that facilitate the strategies of the neocon oligarchs while controlling actions of elected leaders. Politically minded rich people (like the Koch brothers) are a group otherwise referred to as the overworld. Deep events, which Scott defines as those which are "systematically ignored or falsified in the mainstream media and public consciousness," can be seen as sharing certain features, such as cover-up of evidence and irresoluble controversy over what happened. (See 9/11 Ten Years Later: When State Crimes against Democracy Succeed.) Deep events often involve illegally sanctioned violence, and involve little known, but historically evident, cooperation between leaders of the state and organized crime. Leaders are pushed by major shadow government operatives such as Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, to pursue long-standing goals of U.S. global domination at the expense of citizen protections. Bye bye rights, hello body bags.

Leaders are pushed by major shadow government operatives such as Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, to pursue long-standing goals of U.S. global domination at the expense of citizen protections. Bye bye rights, hello body bags.
Leaders are pushed by major shadow government operatives such as Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, to pursue long-standing goals of U.S. global domination at the expense of citizen protections. Bye bye rights, hello body bags.


Wars are for the purpose of U.S. global domination at the expense of citizens—our soldiers are considered cannon fodder
Wars are for the purpose of U.S. global domination at the expense of citizens—our soldiers are considered cannon fodder

Since 1959, most of America’s foreign wars have been wars created preemptively by the U.S. war machine and/or disguised as responses to unprovoked enemy aggression engineered by deceptive deep events, involving in some way elements of the global drug connection. Organized crime’s role in corrupting politics and politicians served the purpose of business interests who wished on occasion to do this same type of corrupting. And when the CIA came to use mobsters for violence—such as John Roselli, Sam Giancana, and Santos Trafficante in the attempted assassination of Fidel Castro—they too turned to the same drug connection resources.

Millions of ordinary people are more governed in their daily lives by their debts to local drug traffickers than by their debts to the government. They know that failing to pay their taxes may get them fines or even prison, but if they fail to meet a drug debt to a pusher, someone, perhaps a loved one, may be killed.


Flight from Accountability: the Shadow Government's Way of Saying They Intend to Do Whatever They Please

Since the 1940s, the CIA was partially bureaucratized and subjected to a measure of bureaucratic oversight by Congress. This was followed by the creation of new institutions designed specifically to escape accountability to Congress. The most concrete example is the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) created under the Pentagon in 1980, which appears to play a similar role as the CIA. This arrangement where U.S. death squads roam the earth under the sole control of the executive—is one definition of dictatorship. It now has the potential to threaten critics of the US anywhere in the world. Obviously, this flight from accountability is simply the shadow government's way of indicating they intend to do whatever they please in their pursuit of illicit empire building and oligarch enriching. Do we really want the likes of Dubya and Obama to have right wing death squads to smack down critics of the USA on a whim? (Our Founders wouldn't.) Do YOU honestly trust either of these two bozos that much? WE do not! See JSoc: Obama's secret assassins.

Dubya and Obama—the men who would be gods—swatting critics at will
Dubya and Obama—the men who would be gods—swatting critics at will

The Ultimate Deep Event: 9/11

9/11 terrorist attack
9/11 terrorist attack

Scott’s perspective on 9/11 is that “9/11 is not wholly without precedent in US history. It should be seen not as a unique departure from orderly constitutional government—a coup d’etat—but as yet another deep event of the sort that has continued to erode the American constitutional system of open politics and liberties.” He exposes state secrets and raises severe doubts about official versions of such major occurrences as the assassination of JFK and the 9/11 attacks. Deep events perpetrated by deep actors (the shadow government or their accomplices) precipitate false explanations from leaders and mainstream media, creating an Orwellian web of lies undermining trust between government and populace. Scott in his excellent book American War Machine: Deep Politics, the CIA Global Drug Connection, and the Road to Afghanistan gives us an opportunity to become aware of what it might mean to be responsible citizens in the twenty-first century who are willing to launch populist movements. (We recommend this one.) Scott is a leading geopolitical sleuth and he deserves great credit for his willingness to speak the truth no matter whose feathers get ruffled.

Scott is a leading geopolitical sleuth and he deserves great credit for his willingness to speak the truth no matter whose feathers get ruffled
Scott is a leading geopolitical sleuth and he deserves great credit for his willingness to speak the truth no matter whose feathers get ruffled

"What Scott contends so convincingly is that the deep forces of the American state that act without accountability, and are aligned with criminal and intelligence agencies here and elsewhere, are working in exactly the opposite directions from the proclaimed anti-drug and anti-terrorist priorities of the United States Government."—Peter Dale Scott’s New Book THE AMERICAN WAR MACHINE, by Richard Falk, who is an international law and international relations scholar who taught at Princeton University for forty years.