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Far too many of you failed to learn two very important lessons from our country's protracted involvement in Vietnam.

First of all, just as with 1964's Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, both the House of Representatives and Senate rushed to authorize the use of military force without insisting on sufficient restrictions. You also failed to take enough time to thoroughly examine and debate the President's justification for it, or to consider alternative forms of action.

Secondly, following your authorization of open-ended military intervention, you failed to fully exercise your congressional oversight responsibilities and permitted the Bush administration to conduct the war very much as it pleases. Such lax oversight encouraged the Johnson and Nixon administrations to persist with failed policies during the Vietnam War, and it appears to be having the same effect again.

What our country desperately needs now, as it did 40 years ago, is for Congress to reassert its constitutional power to declare war by holding an honest, open, and lengthy debate about our war policies culminating with legislation that sets a clearly defined goal for the termination of our active military involvement. We therefore respectfully ask that:

a special joint session of Congress be scheduled that will be devoted entirely to the Iraq War, lasting at least one full week. This session should begin as early as possible, but absolutely no later than Monday, October 16th 10 days after Congress is scheduled to adjourn for 2006. This will allow voters ample time to review and analyze the proceedings prior to the November 7th election.The Republican leadership does its best to ensure that a true bipartisan consensus is reached on the wisest policies for our country to pursue. At the very least, this should entail granting the House and Senate Minority Leaders (Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and Senator Harry Reid) two full days in which to present and coordinate debate over legislation advocated by their fellow Democrats in Congress. We believe they have both a right and a responsibility to present the American people with alternatives to our current policies.

Although we may not individually agree with everything written in this petition, we are unanimous in calling for a special joint 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 is rapidly spreading to other countries in the Middle East. Under these circumstances, we do not think it is too much to ask that Congress add a week or two to this year's historically brief schedule to address an issue of such vital national and international importance!

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