I put Middle Earth Journal in hiatus in May of 2008 and moved to Newshoggers. I temporarily reopened Middle Earth Journal when Newshoggers shut it's doors but I was invited to Participate at The Moderate Voice so Middle Earth Journal is once again in hiatus.
In spite of having 150,000 troops on the ground in Iraq George W. Bush and the United States are now irrelevant when it comes to Iraq. When a raging bull runs wild in the pottery shop you don't ask the bull to stick around and clean the place up. It's becoming obvious to everyone but George W. Bush and his cultists that his misadventure in Iraq is now out of his control and as a result his influence is decreasing and in fact approaching zero.