Yesterday, in his State of the Union speech, US President George Bush begged Congress to "give him a chance" on Iraq. Unfortunately for him, it seems to have gone down like a lead balloon, with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee immediately declaring that the escalation of the Iraq war was "not in the national interest". The full Senate is likely to confirm the committee's judgement next week, and while it will have no legal effect, it will be a powerful slap in the face to the President, and a strong symbol of his new lame duck status.
The question is whether Congress will feel the need to take stronger action, such as refusing to fund additional troop deployments. At the moment the Democrats are still cautiously assessing the public mood - but I think they are likely if anything to get bolder in the coming months as the war continues to pointlessly drag on.