The Middle East appears to be complicated and U.S. policy confused. But it’s really very simple. You only need to understand two rules.
• No matter who American arms manufacturers sell billions of weapons to, the weapons end up in the hands of the most vicious extremists.
• U.S. arms merchants and their bankers don’t give a damn, as long as they make the sale.
We invariably end up fighting enemies we created and who use our weapons. America armed and financed the Afghan resistance against Russia, which became al-Qaida and the Taliban. We financed the “Sunni Awakening” in Iraq, and since …