I never said anything about a "grab bag", I just stated the facts. Washington didn't even know who Massoud was until later on... I mean, the CIA operation had existed since 1979 and the Congress didn't get seriously involved until much later, something like 1984. By that time, I believe we had singled out Massoud as the most effective freedom fighter... Elite? I don't think I would call it that.
Well, they didn't know. Using the ISI at the time seemed like a small price to pay to deliver a defeat to the Soviet Union... the endgame is really what we ****ed up.