IRAQ Test 8 sign now

Since your hasty authorization of open-ended military intervention four years ago, you have failed to fulfill your congressional oversight responsibilities related to the conduct of the war in Iraq. Such lax oversight encouraged the Johnson and Nixon administrations to persist with unwise policies during our country's protracted involvement in Vietnam, and it appears to be having the same effect again.

What our country desperately needs now, as it did 40 years ago during the Vietnam War, is for you to reassert " the exclusive power of Congress to determine matters of war and peace." The time has come for an honest, open, and lengthy debate about our country's policies in Iraq, culminating with legislation that sets a clearly defined goal for the termination of our active military involvement.

We therefore respectfully ask the Republican leadership to schedule a special joint session of Congress this year devoted entirely to our policies in Iraq, lasting at least one full week. This session should be held as soon as possible, but preferably no later than Monday, October 16th. This will allow voters ample time to review and analyze the proceedings prior to the November 7th election.

Althought we may not individually agree with everything written or referenced in this petition, we are unanimous in calling for a special session of Congress devoted entirely to Iraq. The war is now in its fourth year. Military and civilian deaths, as well as monetary costs, have reached unconscionable levels. Violence has spread to other countries in the Middle East. As of September 6th, 2006, both the Senate and House of Representatives were scheduled to adjourn on October 6th --- a full month before the November 7th election, and almost 3 months before the end of the year.

Under these circumstances, we do not think it is too much to ask for the Republican leadership to add a week or two to this year's historically brief congressional schedule to address an issue of such vital national and international importance!
[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 (Note: Some of these links cite days per session; others cite days per year. "Sessions" of Congress last for two years, making 2006 the second year of the 109th Congress.)]

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