Violence and US Elections

There is a lot of talk these days about the level of violence in Iraq and the upcoming elections. Is it coincidence that the violence is escalating as the election draws nearer? Or is it a calculated effort to sway voters? And if that’s the case (which it is), which way are the terrorists trying to sway your vote?

Two years ago, insurgents and extremists did the same thing. Check this story from the Washington Times almost exactly two years ago during the Presidential elections:

“If the U.S. Army suffered numerous humiliating losses, [Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John] Kerry would emerge as the superman of the American people,” said Mohammad Amin Bashar, a leader of the Muslim Scholars Association, a hard-line clerical group that vocally supports the resistance.

Resistance leader Abu Jalal boasted that the mounting violence had already hurt Mr. Bush’s chances.

“American elections and Iraq are linked tightly together,” he told a Fallujah-based Iraqi reporter. “We’ve got to work to change the election, and we’ve done so. With our strikes, we’ve dragged Bush into the mud.”

Abu Jalal, answering questions submitted to him through the Iraqi journalist, devised a simple formula for how his group’s attacks on American soldiers draw votes from Mr. Bush.

“They say there are 1,100 dead soldiers. That means 1,100 families hold grudges against Bush and hate him. There are 6,000 families whose sons were injured who hate Bush and will not re-elect him.”

The only difference two years later is that the insurgents have learned something. They learned that their efforts actually probably helped Bush and Republicans to win. This time around, they’re settling with just simple violence without all the soundbites and quotes in the media. They’re hoping that the American people forget what the insurgents said two years ago and will equate the violence in Iraq with poor leadership instead of a concerted effort to sway public opinion. Let’s hope no one falls for it and the proper candidates that will take national defense and terrorism seriously, whoever that is in YOUR mind.

6 Comments on “Violence and US Elections

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  3. Yankeemom, you are right, and I suggest you take to heart something my grandmother told me many years ago…

    when a politician tells you they have an alternative to the situation of the day and doesn’t tell you what that alternative actually IS…you might as well vote for the politicians that are already doing whatever it is you are not entirely sure of…change in politics is usually bad…

    may she rest in peace.

  4. “They%u2019re hoping that the American people forget what the insurgents said two years ago and will equate the violence in Iraq with poor leadership instead of a concerted effort to sway public opinion”

    And our media is falling right into their hands.

    Haystack, I’m with you. All I can tell about the Dems is that they hate Bush. They keep saying they have a plan to be strong on defense, but I haven’t found it yet. Maybe it’s just that all the Bush Bashing keeps getting in the way…

  5. It has become abundantly clear to anyone who takes elections seriously that at times it is right and just for us to vote for one and only one issue [the one-issue vote as they say].

    This year, especially when the presidency isn%u2019t on the line, I am perfectly comfortable voting based on the one issue of who is in and who wants out of Iraq before the job is done.

    There are NO dems I can find that are for seeing this through, so the choices are quite clear

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