The Gaza flotilla is not about delivering "goods" to transform Israel's siege into a kinder, gentler blockade. Rather, it is to deliver this question: By what right does Israel besiege Gaza? And this answer: None, under international law.
In any other arena of contemporary advocacy for peace, getting six Members of Congress to sign on to a letter designed to be spectacularly modest advocacy of basic common sense would not be something to crow about.
After hearing about an activist meeting at a private home, I decided to take my chances and go. I came in expecting some heavy-duty beating up of Israel (and I got it), but most of the people were really nice.