One of the keys to understanding its origins is that the program was launched not because of a threat to U.S. security, but because of a perceived opportunity. That is always a danger sign, prompting powerful national-security bureaucrats to begin thinking about a “win” for the United States. (Think Vietnam and Iraq.)
—Gareth Porter In the American Conservative of all places.
It’s in a surprisingly well written article about how we ended up supporting al Qaeda forces in Syrian civil war.