During the Vietnam War, the CIA’s Air America operation was a shadow war that moved drugs from the Golden Triangle into the US and then sold those drugs to US citizens to fund these type of shadow wars that are called “black ops”.
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What We All Need to Know About Our Government’s Shadow Wars
Reagan’s shadow government was a disaster, but it was a pygmy compared with Obama’s.
Covert operations are nothing new in American history, but it could be argued that during the past decade they have moved from being a relatively minor arrow in the national security quiver to being the cutting edge of American power. Drone strikes, electronic surveillance and stealth engagements by military units such as the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), as well as dependence on private corporations, mercenary armies and terrorist groups, are now arguably more common as tools of US foreign policy than conventional warfare or diplomacy. But these tools lend themselves to rogue operations that create peril for the United States when they blow back on us. And they often make the United States deeply…
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