U.S. Wars Absent from Congressional Election Debate
Interview with Aaron Hughes, organizing team leader with the group Iraq Veterans Against the War, conducted by Melinda Tuhus
Conspicuously absent in the debates and political advertisements inundating the airwaves before the Nov. 2, 2010 congressional midterm election was any discussion about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan -- from any perspective. Suicide bombings and massacres are continuing in Iraq, overwhelmingly affecting civilians, while the Iraqi government has been deadlocked since elections this past March. The number of Americans dying in Iraq has dropped sharply, while in Afghanistan, 2010 has been by far the deadliest year of the nine-year-old conflict, with 413 Americans killed so far this year. Yet, neither incumbents nor their challengers were talking about the wars, and the media have almost universally ignored the issue during the 2010 campaign.