The Bush administration has decided to hold off on offensives into Iraqi insurgent strongholds until after the Nov. 2 election. As reported by the Los Angels Times - Major Assaults on Hold Until After U.S. Vote, Oct. 11th, the Bush administration has admitted that it will delay any pushes into the uncontrolled areas because American deaths could have negative impacts on their re-election hopes. This decision was made even though it has been generally accepted that the longer we wait to pacify these insurgent strongholds, the more casualties will be suffered due to the insurgents having more time to dig in and galvanize the local population.
"When this election's over, you'll see us move very vigorously," said one senior administration official involved in strategic planning, speaking on condition of anonymity."Once you're past the election, it changes the political ramifications" of a large-scale offensive, the official said.
For Bush, your vote is more important than the lives of our soldiers.