1979-1989: To oppose the Soviets, the United States supported and funded the Mujahideen. (ref. ... emergence of al-Qaeda, 9/11 attacks)
ca. 1986: To oppose the Sandanistas, the United States supported and funded Manuel Noriega. (ref. ... U.S. invasion of Panama.)
1980-1988: To oppose the Islamic Republic of Iran, the United States supported and funded Saddam Hussein. (ref. ... Iraq Wars I and II)
1981-2011: To oppose the Muslim Brotherhood, counter "Islamist" movements elsewhere in the Middle East, and enhance regional stability, the United States supports Hosni Mubarak.(ref. ... #Jan25, #Jan28, #Feb2 ...)
The enemy of our enemies turns out, more often than not, to become our next enemy.
Perhaps the time has come to rethink this strategy.