Iraq: Too Little, Too Late

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"The Culture Warriors" [December 10] makes it sound like a revelation to realize that if you want to occupy a country, you need to know something about its culture.

In fact, it's so basic as to be self-evident, but it dawned on our leaders about five years too late. If we had had some understanding before invading Iraq, we might have more of a clue what we're doing there or had better sense than to do it.

Michael Steely

Medford , Ore.