Nixa resident David Brannan, a civilian security expert with the Rand Corp., recently returned from Baghdad after spending six months helping rebuild the country's police force.
Accelerating the transfer of power to Iraqi officials was "a pretty smart move," he
"It cuts the feet out from the insurgents, who I'm sure were planning a major event on the date of the transfer," Brannan
"Now it means an attack is an attack against a purely Iraqi government."
said that may mean nothing to insurgents whose goal is to destabilize the country so that an extreme form of Islam - Wahabi Islam - can prevail.
"Wahabi Islam is a 200-year-old belief that is anti-modern and anti-progress," he
said."They believe that unless you are of their ilk, you can be killed.They say it is on authority from God to kill anyone who doesn't believe this." Brannan
said most Wahabi believers are Sunni Muslims who represent only 10 percent of the Iraqi population.
"I had the Nick Berg video for a week before I watched it," Brannan
"It's so revolting.I was a cop for 12 years and have seen a lot of bad stuff, but this was just so disgusting."
hands were tied behind his
back, Berg rolled on the ground to avoid the killer's knife, Brannan
"It was slow and it was painful," he