IRAQ Test 99 sign now

Since your authorization of open-ended military intervention four years ago, [1, 2,] you have not spent enough time fulfilling your congressional oversight responsibilities related to the war in Iraq. Such lax oversight encouraged the Johnson and Nixon administrations to persist with failed policies during our country's protracted involvement in Vietnam,[1, 2, 3, 4] 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."[1, 2, 3] The time has come for an honest, open, and lengthy debate about our country's policies in Iraq, culminating with bipartisan legislation establishing 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. This session should last at least one week and begin as soon as possible, but preferably no later than Monday, October 16th. This would allow voters ample time to review and analyze the proceedings prior to the November 7th election.

Although 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: Don't be confused by the figures cited in the above links. Some are refering to the drastically reduced number of days that Congress has been in session per year, while others double those figures because they are refering to the days in session per 2-year Congress.)


[Important: This petition was activated on September 6, 2006. Throughout the remainder of the year, the congressional leadership will be notified on a weekly basis of the number of signatures it has acquired. To ensure that the correct Representative and Senators are advised of your support, when signing your name please look up and include your ZIP Code + 4.]

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