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US mid-terms panel: Nathan Bhat

MEET THE PANEL
Nathan Bhat
Name: Nathan Bhat
Age: 32
Lives: Chicago, Illinois
Works: Currently between jobs
Voted: Republican
In 10 words or less:
"Globally-aware educated patriot"

The Democratic leadership campaigned on a wholly negative platform, emphasising the negative aspects of all issues, including Iraq.

Secretary Rumsfeld undoubtedly had a tough job being the face of the defence department during this difficult time.

I think his resignation may actually compel the Democrats to show us what their plan is for Iraq, or anywhere elsewhere for that matter.

I am certain that if the situation in Iraq could have been resolved simply by seeking Secretary Rumsfeld's resignation, President Bush would have done so a long time ago.

The US strategy in Iraq should continue to be a completion of the job we went in there to do, not a unilateral pull-out to suit politicians.

Rest assured, we here in the US continue to pay the national security costs for a botched foreign policy that began long before President Bush - namely with the Carter administration's Middle East policy.

Any further Democrat victory to be gained from Secretary Rumsfeld's resignation will be a hollow victory, at best.

US MID-TERMS PANEL
While Democrats have a majority now in the House it is interesting to note that many of the newly-elected Democrats ran as conservative candidates.

It will be interesting to see the debate between the conservative democrats and the far-left leadership of the Democratic Party.

This will be especially interesting, in terms of house committee leadership positions.

In local races here in Illinois, the Republicans were able to hold on to the 6th district seat vacated by Henry Hyde.

As an American, I am proud that we have elections and that voters can express their feelings democratically.

I hope that the House Democrats do not impede the war on terror, which remains a priority for this country.

It will certainly be an interesting two years until 2008.






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