I can't agree with that at all, unless we're just defining "pressure" differently. To my view, the insurrection is *entirely* driven by outside forces. Actually that isn’t true; this is an ingenious insurrection against the US. The first area of insurrection being the Sunni triangle was devised by Bath’ist sympathizers, not by some imagined outside forces, alas Syria, Iran, etc. The Shi’a insurrection in the south as well seems to be a largely home based insurrection. Sure they're picking up some local talent, but Iran is pouring meat over the border as fast as they can sign it up. Syria's probably still doing the same, and the Palestinian groups in Israel when they have the time. I am certain you have hard evidence to support this assertions. The pressure from kidnappings is also present, and you've got KofeandCupcake Anan running around calling the whole thing illegal. How much more pressure can there be? Kofi was speaking nothing but the truth; Americans have to learn how to deal with it. The invasion was obviously illegal, and illegitimate. Who has more credibility Kofi or Bush? Says it all.