Modest goals in changing Iraq military culture?

Washington Post:

New U.S. plan: ‘Leaner, meaner’ Iraqi force

After learning hard lessons rebuilding foreign militaries over the past dozen years, the strategy is to train a vanguard element within the larger army to take the offensive against Islamic State militants.
Trying to change the culture in Iraq's military by training a smaller more elite core maybe a reduced ambition, but it will still be difficult.  The Iraq military lacks leadership at the top and mid levels  and that usually comes from experience.  It takes not only training, but determination in battle too.  So far, Iraq has a history of losing wars and not much tradition to fall back on in troubled times.  What they really need most right now is US boots on the ground to show them how to win.

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