Yeah, someone had to start this kinda thread. I’ve been thinking about doing this poll – unless someone else started first – ever since I read the 2003 Celebrity Death Poll (which closed on 31 December 2002).
The Iraq War Wagon Poll
Objective - Who can predict the following with respect to a war with Iraq:
- When will the war begin?
- When will overt hostilities cease?
- Will Allied forces find direct evidence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction? If so, how long until the WMDs are found from the start of the war?
Bonus Question - What will be the closing stock averages of New York’s DJIA and London’s FTSE indexes the first business day of the war?
Bonus Question II - Will Saddam be captured alive, killed or found dead, or escape?
Except for the bonus questions, your responses must be within one hour of the actual incident time.
a) The current hostilities occuring as Allied forces fly the no-fly zones do not count in this poll.
b) The ending of overt hostilities is defined as when the air and ground wars move from offensive to defensive. Yes, kinda vague but that’s the way it is. Deal with it.
c) Information provided by the CNN and/or the BBC web sites will be used to establish the times and other information. Since the SDMB is located in Chicago, all times must be Chicago time.
d) Submissions to this poll will no longer be accepted six hours prior to the start of the war. Yes, this means the actual closing date and time cannot be determined beforehand. It also means some poll submissions will be disqualified.
e) UN support is not in this poll. It is assumed Bush will do what he wants, when he wants, regardless of any UN resolutions.
What prompts this poll?
1 - Well, duh!
2 - Why not?!
3 - B-52 bombers from Barksdale Air Force Base were deployed early this morning for locations unknown. At the start of Gulf War I, similar bomber deployments also occured within a very short time of the war starting. I assume war immediacy will escalate when first reports of B2 bombers are deployed from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri for locations unknown.
Yes, this is a morbid poll. There is no reward for the winner(s) except the knowledge they have been sufficiently attuned to this whole mess in order to be a winner. Or, they just got lucky. Consider this poll in the same vein as reality television - few admit to watching such TV programs, yet the ratings say otherwise.