i largely agree with that. i think the only thing that is really unknown is who the enemy is . . . whether it's insurgents who just want us gone or mostly outside terrorists is not really common knowledge; though, i think the chatter tends to point to sympathizers of saddam and iraqi nationalists. i wonder whether average iraqis think that the insurgents and terrorists are merely wreaking havoc because we're there (thus, they see us as a negative) or whether average iraqis think that the insurgents and terrorists are worse than the U.S. i have no idea, but no perceptions would surprise me.<br><br>--<br>Straw-man rhetorical techniques are the practice of refuting weaker arguments than one's opponents offer. 2 "set up a straw man" or "set up a straw-man argument" is 2 create a position easily refuted, then attribute that position to your opponent.