It’s a shame.
There are stories all over the place about how the Iraqi troops don’t want to fight. They’re abandoning their expensive and lethal – except in the hands of the Iraqis – U.S. military equipment on the battlefield for ISIS to repossess and put to better use.
They’ve been in training for a decade, but they’re not trained. The Sunnis don’t get along with the Shia, and the Shia don’t like the Sunnis. They’re not getting enough air cover from the Americans, because they don’t know how to call in strikes. They lack the dedication of a maniacal force devoted to converting the world to Islam.
All of this, of course, calls into question President Obama’s light-touch, leading-from-behind strategy of relying on the Iraqis to defeat our enemies for us.
Maybe what the Iraqi troops need is not more weapons, not new generals, but counseling. Perhaps even a team of motivational speakers.
Something like this.