Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America

by Peter Dale Scott (Author), Jonathan Marshall (Author)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly
This important, explosive report forcefully argues that the "war on drugs" is
largely a sham, as the U.S. government is one of the world's largest drug
pushers. The authors unearth close links between the CIA and Latin American drug
networks which provide U.S. covert operations with financing, political leverage
and intelligence. CIA-protected Panamian ruler Manuel Noriega supplied drugs,
pilots and banking services to Honduran and Costa Rican cocaine smugglers who
were partners in Reagan's support program for Nicaragua's Contras. Together,
Honduran and Costa Rican traffickers supplied one-third of the cocaine smuggled
into the U.S. in the 1980s, according to the authors. The Bush administration
showers hundreds of millions of dollars on Latin American military elites in
Guatemala, Colombia, etc. to enlist them in the "war on drugs." In so doing,
charge the authors, the U.S. risks empowering the very forces that protect
drug-pushing crime syndicates. The U.S. also gave covert aid to Afghan
guerrillas who smuggled drugs in concert with Pakistan's military--an operation
that produced half of the heroin consumed in the U.S. during the 1980s. Scott, a
professor at UC-Berkeley, and San Francisco Chronicle economics editor Marshall
call for immediate political action to end Washington's complicity. Their
heavily documented book deserves a wide audience.

From Library Journal
Coauthor Marshall's recent Drug Wars ( LJ 2/15/91) shows how Washington
overlooks or supports drug trafficking as part of its efforts to thwart Third
World communism around the world. This new book explores in detail the tangled
connection between the Nicaraguan Contras, U.S. support for them, and drugs.
Marshall and Scott argue that the United States might actually have furthered
the flow of cocaine from Central America to the States by colluding with
anti-Sandinista forces. Government intimidation of witnesses, a complacent
Congress, and timid media have served to keep this a quiet story. Extensive
interviews, government records, and secondary sources (enough, in fact, to
produce over 60 pages of cited sources), are used to document in great detail
how the war on communism took precedence over the war on drugs. An
authoritiative account of a crucial but underpublicized issue.

Product Details

Paperback: 279 pages
Publisher: University of California Press (April 10, 1998)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0520214498



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