You can't consider Afghanistan and Iraq (selling weapons to them) as anything else than a strategic move that backfired.
But this I say from the outside. A similar situation is the dirty war, which had US support. Those who suffered it can't think much of US government for supporting that hell.
Now here's a theory: the US supported the taliban but, unlike what happened with the dirty war, later realized their mistake (they weren't all good and were unleashing hell on the local people - which, for what I hear, is true). So, not only it retired its support, but started fighting it and trying to overthrow this Taliban government. I guess they felt guilty. Am I close?
Yes... you're right, I meant "had unforeseen (bad) side effects".Bandit LOAF said:I don't think they backfired at all -- both wars accomplished exactly what the United States wanted, stopping the creation of another Soviet satellite and proving to Iran that we were willing to oppose it over its public support for terrorism.
I meant that: provide logistical support, which aided them into becoming as powerful as they became.Bandit LOAF said:And when you say the US "supported the Taliban", you're hitting a very vauge mark -- we're not talking about the US agreeing with their policies (which became radicalized long after the United States was involved in their war with Russia)... we're talking about the US providing logistical support to Afghanistan for a very brief period during their war with a much, much more threatening enemy.