On 3/16/2003, lightningtool started the following poll: War with Iraq. A simple poll.. And many dopers past and present weighed in.
38 currently active dopers supported going to war
MLS, Hyperjes, Weirddave, Jeep’s Phoenix, John Carter of Mars, NotWithoutRage, Norinew, Airman Doors USAF, t-keela, Caught@Work, kniz, Loopus, yosemite, Walloon, astro, JKilez, Jess, Ivylass, XJETGIRLX, labtrash, Grey, Balduran, Balle_M, siberia, sleeping, Tuckerfan, Bricker, Shodan, World Eater, stuyguy, BF, Gozu Tashoya, The Scrivener, Muad’Dib, t-keela, Weird_AL_Einstein, Debaser, Coil
40 formerly active dopers supported going to war
samarm, Zenster Tarantara, DrMoney, catdog, Violet, japatlgt, LolaCocaCola, anewthought, Michael Ellis, kknick34, Buck The Diver, Mnementh, austen, Lyllyan, Cessandra, DaToad, d_redguy, Tony Montana, it’sjustme, dead0man, Kendo, In Conceivable, Darkrabbit, merge, rjciii, tomyoung, southernfrog1, X-Slayer(ALE), Boxcar, gobear, -zorch, Grim Beaker, mouthbreather, Daoloth, Tster, HackDriver, Beagle, TeaElle, House
69 currently active dopers did not support going to war
lightingtool, clayton_e, Menocchio, Frostillicus, carnivorousplant, Angua, Ruffian, Calliope, ladyfoxfyre, Steve Wright, dragongirl, Johanna, Qadgop the Mercotan, twickster, Jophiel, Squink, whiterabbit, Eva Luna, Grendel’s Father, Spavined Gelding, Sublight, Asylum, ITR champion, II Gyan II, straykat23, jjimm, Coldfire, CBEscapee, RickJay, galen, Kyla, ElvisL1ves, Boscibo, Count Blucher, Hey you!, burundi, AHunter3, YWalker, Tabithina, shelbo, DesertGeezer, Angel of the Lord, Cervaise, Zoe, Shadez, cainxinth, DeadlyAccurate, Stoid, jabiru, yojimbo, FairyChatMom, Fiddle Peghead, MrO, Treviathan, DMark, Mona Lott, samclem, TheOnlySaneOne, rockle, truthbot, Theobroma, cuauhtemoc, Colibri, Brilharma, SolGrundy, Shmoo, Lissa, Vetch
46 formerly active dopers did not support going to war
Goodbeem, odd-socks, Davebear, NewUser1, Mephisto, Rocza, moi, Jervoise, Shana, CyberPundit, Kiting Illini, Beech, woolly, The Face, TV time, MrTuffPaws, Magickly Delicious, Leifsmama, elfje, 5-HT, John Kimble, dorkusmalorkusmafia, flapcats, mrsface, south333, Arcite, NutWrench, Tblue, torrent, Aro, auliya, Feynn, Kiralyn, Rooster, Mr Kami, Olentzero, Corky, Optihut, GlendaWitch, Mishaa, Essured, Marc, Laurasia, aeropl, Coilean, Badinage
In all, 40% of the participants supported going to war, with 60% opposed.
I’d like to ask all the current dopers (and maybe some past ones will re-up?) who posted to the original thread to weigh in and tell us where you stand on the war now: Continue the fight for as long as it takes? Pull out within a definite time frame? Or get the heck out now? Other?
I’m hoping to restrict this poll to those dopers who participated in the first one because I’d like to see what trends (if any) can be teased out of the data, based on the poster’s original stance vs. what they feel should be done now.
I’m not looking for a debate as to why each person’s opinion is wrong. I’d just like to get the opinion, and perhaps a brief rationale for why you hold it. So please try not to critique or respond to other poster’s opinions!
I’ll go first. I was opposed to going to war. I now believe we need to set out a definite timetable for getting our troops out. I would prefer the timetable to be less than two years. I believe that despite the fact that we have made a mess of it, the only solution that will work is for the Iraqis to work it out amongst themselves.