I'm just about to conclude my trip to the Midwest which was sponsored by the Cato Institute and the World Affairs Councils of Peoria and Quad-Cities (I'm actually posting this at the Peoria airport.) I met with and spoke before groups of local leaders and students about the need to reach a diplomatic accomodation with Iran and related issues, like Iraq and U.S. policy in the Middle East. The response from my guests was very positive. The voters here tend to be more conservative, traditional and pro-military than in the two coasts. Nevertheless, my impression is that many of those who had supported the decision to go to war in Iraq, including many Republicans here have turned against Bush and the war. Obama who is from the area is certainly very popular.