The current administration does it differently, in that they send the guns, missiles, and cannon, albeit without the soldiers and marines or much in the way of any adult supervision. Instead, the arms are given to anybody who fills out their "oppressed by a tyrant" application and pinkie-swears not to ever do anything bad to us with the guns 'n' stuff.
Additionally, we bolstered the shaky Baghdad regime with a full panoply of high-end 'Murican military hardware and then tossed them the keys and left, despite everybody involved being old enough to remember when Ho Chi Minh city was labeled differently on the maps because apparently we are some slow damned learners.
In our new multipolar "soft power" world, where peaceful bombing campaigns are named after strippers, this has resulted in predictable outcomes...
One unexplored consequence of the US’s provision of arms in lieu of useful support to weak allies regionally, is that the US has lost control of quite a number of modern arms, including sophisticated ATGMs, late-model SAMs including MANPADS, armored vehicles with classified composite armor, and electronic equipment including encryption gear.RTWT at the linked piece.