Two influential US lawmakers want to speed arms shipments to Jordan, saying the burning death of a Jordanian pilot by the Islamic State should allow for the bypassing of red tape.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, and other lawmakers from both chambers met privately Monday with King Abdullah of Jordan, meetings that happened to coincide with the violent Islamic group releasing a video showing Jordanian military pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh being burned to death in a cage.

In those closed-door sessions, Abdullah expressed frustration with the length of time it takes weapon sales to weave through the complex labyrinth that is the American federal bureaucracy. […]