Iraq: Is Bush on Target?


Soon, President Bush will decide whether to attack Iraq (see BW Online, 1/24/03, "Iraq: Can Bush Close the Deal?"). That raises lots of questions, some of which we pose in this BusinessWeek Online Reader Survey. Please remember, as always, that this is an unscientific poll, since anyone who wishes to can participate. With that caveat, here are the questions:

Based on what you know about the situation in Iraq, what do you think is the wisest course of action for the U.S. to take at this point?

Attack Iraq soon, while the weather is still cool enough for ground troops to operate

Keep up the rhetoric against Saddam and keep massing U.S. troops in the Mideast, but give the U.N. inspectors more time

Persuade the U.N. to leave inspectors in Iraq permanently and attack only if they find arms violations -- or if Iraq expels them

Call the inspections a success, and let things cool down unless new evidence shows Iraq is making nuclear or chemical weapons

Don't know

Experts cite uncertainty over Iraq as one reason the U.S. economy is continuing to recover so slowly. Which is a higher priority to you?

Taming Iraq

Reviving the economy

Not sure

Based on what you know about the situation in Iraq, do you believe that it has any weapons of mass destruction?

Yes

No

Not sure

If it can't be proven that Iraq has such weapons, do you think the U.S. would be justified in attacking it without the approval and participation of the U.N. and other countries?

Yes

No

Not sure

If it is proven that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, do you think the U.S. would be justified in attacking it without the approval and participation of the U.N. and other countries?

Yes

No

Not sure

Do you think the Bush Administration's strategy against Iraq is mostly about:

Defending the U.S. against weapons of mass destruction

Punishing Iraq for fostering terrorism

Forcing out a despicable dictator

Ensuring U.S. access to Middle East oil

Finishing a job that would better have been done a decade ago in operation Desert Storm

Other

Not sure

At this point, do you think the Bush Administration should be focusing more on:

The situation in Iraq

The economy

Not sure

Overall, how well do you think the Bush Administration has handled the Iraq crisis?

Very well

Reasonably well

O.K.

Not very well

Poorly

Not sure

Overall, how well do you think the Bush Administration has handled the economy?

Very well

Reasonably well

O.K.

Not very well

Poorly

Not sure

Do you believe the U.S. will end up attacking Iraq, or not?

Will attack

Won't attack

Not sure

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