“The violence has taken on a life of its own,” said Nakhleh. “It may get worse after we withdraw but it won't necessarily get worse because we withdraw. Given the situation, why continue to lose soldiers and kill Iraqis? It makes no sense. "
Emile Nakhleh, until he retired from the CIA in mid-2006, was one of the most respected government analysts of the Muslim world. This commentary is a follow-up to his first on-the-record interview, which was offered in September by Harpers: