US Vice President Dick Cheney has come to the conclusion that the recent up-swing in violence in Iraq is an attempt by militants to influence the upcoming US elections.

By doing so, the Vice President has not only confirmed that the violence has been hurting the Republican Party’s prospects in the November elections, but has also revealed how desperate the party is to get votes.

Cheney believes that insurgents are using the Internet to monitor public opinion in the US and that they are “very sophisticated users of it.”