Republicans want us to be afraid
TerrorismKos agrees. The funny thing is, the public now trusts Democrats more on how to handle terrorism. So I don't really see how these ads can be effective.
The point of terrorism is, as the name suggests, to terrorize. Not simply to kill and destroy, but to frighten the broader population. It puzzles me why the RNC has found common cause with terrorists in their new ad campaign, and it puzzles me more why they want to highlight the fact that over 5 years after 9/11 George Bush has failed to catch the guy responsible.
It is very strange that they're proud of this.
To reflect the increasing Republican emphasis on this tactic, Doonesbury has introduced a new character, Fear Itself.