Originally Posted by ElMariachi
Governments almost always create villains though. We played a big role in the creation of Osama bin Laden & modern terrorism by supporting the mujahideen against the Soviets in Afghanistan. We have supported and propped up various dictators and bad guys around the globe. So has every other major power---Russia, China, UK, France, etc.
The enemy of my enemy is my friend is a long way from 'creating' the villain. When the US propped up OBL against the Soviets the Soviets were in The Evil Empire. But like Frankenstein the monster we created turned on the creator. But all of that is a far cry from creating a bad guy with smoke and mirrors for some clandestine purpose.