I just finished Peter Dale Scott’s new book on the American military-industrial-intelligence establishment and its historical dependency on the global drug trade. This is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the real twists and turns in the global economy and master the political and media policy spin used to justify the military and enforcement intervention necessary to promote and manage the narcotics industry and related money laundering.
Scott, a former Canadian diplomat and English professor at the University of California- Berkeley, has long been considered mandatory reading for serious students of the “deep politics” of American power. His new book, however, is a tour de force, integrating decades of serious scholarship and unique insight and sources. Skillfully written, it abounds with the grace and forgiveness of the mature master who appreciates that positive solutions begin with transparency about the means – as well as collective complicity and denial – that delivered us into our current condition.