Activists say they cannot raise money or organize effectively since the end of the Bush years(!) There are small protests and online petitions, and some even admit that “the energy has leaked out of the movement” since the election of Obama.
“Even Code Pink, which had 300 local groups, just has a tiny portion still functioning,” said Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin said. “So when something like this happens, we don’t have the infrastructure to rally people.”
“The war in Syria is incredibly unpopular according to the polls, but there are some who support it because they believe it’s philanthropy,” said David Swanson, a longtime antiwar activist.