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How Did the Iraqi War Effect the Presidential Election?

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How did the Iraqi War effect the Presidential election?

After September 11, President Bush and his administration, associated the Iraqi regime with terrorism, and said Iraq had the capacity to produce Weapons of Mass Destruction, which could be used by terrorists to threaten the United States. Therefore, encouraging the U.S. citizens to support Bush and reelect him as President because he would take action by sending troops to Iraq, to find Saddam and other terrorists, while obtaining weapons that could potentially be used against the U.S. However, over time Bush and his administration began to lose support for their action taken in the war.

As of May 2003, approximately 76 percent of the public approved of George Bush's decision to invade Iraq and the way he was handling the situation, while only 20 percent disapproved and 4 percent were undecided. As the war continued, more casualties occurred, money was lost and time seemed to be wasting away, Bush lost more and more of the United States support. By September 2005, approximately 68 percent of the public disapproved the War in Iraq, and only 30 percent of the public still approved the war, only 2 percent of the public were unsure. The amount of people that now disapprove the war is even higher and still on the rise.

The farther Bush takes the United States into the war with Iraq, the less support he has. The more soldiers that die overseas and the less knowledge we obtain from Iraq, the more President Bush losses respect for keeping troops overseas. Soldiers were intentionally sent over to Iraq to obtain knowledge, stop Iraq from developing Weapons of Mass Destruction, and find the terrorists. However, no one knew that it would take this long and cause this many casualties and money.

Another factor that is taking its toll on the citizens of the U.S. is the cost of the war. To most people it is becoming a waste of tax payers' money, because it seems that the more money we put towards the war the less that seems to be happening overseas. In august 2003, only 44 percent of the public thought that the cost of the war was not worth it, 46 percent thought that it was worth the cost and only 10 percent were undecided. In October 2004, 64 percent of Americans thought that the cost of the War in Iraq was not worth it, while only 27 percent thought that the cost of the war was worth it, and only 9 percent remain unsure. The number of people



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