Read about Burkina Faso in the article on Consortium News by the retired US Army officer Danny Sjursen. The article and many of the comments to the article are striking examples of the disillusion, which is apparently spreading. One commenter writes:
There is no possible way that these outcomes are complete mistakes, made over and over again. When the US military goes in to “stabilize” a region, it always becomes more destabilized. So I have come to the conclusion they aren’t that incompetent. They know exactly what they are doing. They are arming bad guys in the region to attack other people in the region, and that causes extreme instability and protracted fighting. It has to be their intended goal.
The commenter’s bottom line is:
It also just happens to fatten up the weapons and war contractors.