Dear Reader,

Your Iraq memo scoop is pure garbage [“Desert Shitstorm,” April 23]. The reason why the democracy is failing in Iraq is because we don’t want democracy in Iraq. That is why it’s called an invasion. No campaign based on lies (terror ties, WMDs) that has left for dead 8-11,000 civilians and 700 soldiers is going to produce democracy. The memo is nothing but a list of nitpicky policy questions and pseudo soul-searching of a myopic mandarin. I’m always amused at how fair the staff of the Reader is to the PR that comes out of the American Enterprise and Cato institutes or the Hoover and Heritage foundations. You really fall all over yourselves in order to be fair and independent.

John Rosen