I found this interesting, from Doug Wilson's blog.
"In the event, President Carter secretly authorized $500 million (closer to a billion in today’s money) to help create an international network that would spread Islamism in Central Asia and ‘destabilize’ the Soviet Union. The CIA called this ‘Operation Cyclone,’ and in the following years poured over $4 billion into setting up Islamic training schools in Pakistan (hence the ‘Taliban’ movement, which means ‘student’). Young fanatics were sent to training camps paid for by the U.S. taxpayer, where future members of Al-Qaeda were taught ‘sabotage skills’ (i.e. terrorism). In Pakistan they were directed by British MI6 officers and trained by the SAS" (Serge Trifkovic, The Sword of the Prophet, p. 211).
America has dug themselves into a quagmire in Iraq, one mistake following another in a series of foreign policy blunders trying to patch over previous gaffes, each one driving them deeper into the pit from which they cannot escape without complete disaster for someone, either themselves or their victims.
And now they are making noises like they want to go after Iran. Heaven help us!