What we see in these articles is a profound mistrust of the Iraqi Army. If we provide them significant weaponry will they lose it again to IS? Will their rotten, grafting leaders continue to steal the troops' pay? Will the two towns on the road to Iran stay in friendly hands? Will the Syrian military close the mouth of the encirclement they have been constructing around the rebels in Aleppo? The gap is now a mile wide.
Will Michele Fluournoy be up to those policy challenges?