Norman Solomon, author of War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death, weighs in on the currently flaccid antiwar movement:
"This week's cave-in on Capitol Hill - supplying a huge new jolt of funds for the horrific war effort in Iraq - is surprising only to those who haven't grasped our current circumstances.
"Public opinion polls aren't the same as political leverage. The Vietnam War went on for years after polling showed that most Americans opposed the war and even saw it as immoral.
"Slick phrases about the need to bring our troops home can easily become little more than platitudes on wallpaper in media echo chambers.
"No matter how many Democrats are in Congress, they won't end this war unless an antiwar movement develops enough grassroots strength to compel them to do so."