Jim Jefferies, 34, Alpine, independently wealthy and spouse of soldier with Utah National Guard's 144th Evacuation Hospital.

Of course, my feelings are ambivalent. But if my wife is going to be there, I want the people who can react quickly to react quickly. I am glad that the Congress quit talking and let people act if they have to act. The easiest way to explain it is there was a big kid on the block who beat up the little kid. We didn't know why he was beating him up, but we had to stick our hand in and say stop fighting. . . . We're a big kid so we have to stop the little kid from getting beaten up.

Elaine Gleed, 44, Salt Lake City, computer operator

I hope he (President Bush) gets in and takes care of it and doesn't drag it out like Vietnam. He (Bush) has already made the commitment. If he backs out now, then we're in trouble. I don't know, maybe I am wrong. I would like to see us stay in peace, but we are not going to. Dorothy Dansie, over 60, retired state government worker, Salt Lake City

I think it is a real mistake. We have such problems here at home, and I don't believe that it is going to end without great bloodshed and hardship here as well as among the forces fighting. It's likely to escalate into something much bigger than what they figure it's going to be. I don't believe it's the American way to pick a fight. We should wait first before we attack. We ought to stay home and mind our own business.

Carol Pyle, 24, Bountiful, home-maker

I have a good friend over there, and he's been over there since the beginning. If they were going to do war, they should have done it way back then. Now I am scared. I don't think they (Congress) made the right decision. I think they should have waited and continued with sanctions.

Dave Kranendonk, 68, Salt Lake City, retired printer

I believe it's the proper decision. They should have done this long ago when it first started and settled all these problems about what the United States' responsibility is. I lived through Adolph Hitler. And this guy (Saddam Hussein) is just like Adolph Hitler. If he gets away with this, he's going to get away with anything. You appease a crocodile, and he'll eat you last. This is a very dangerous man. I think we will whip the hell out of them.

Denise Whittaker, 13, Salt Lake City, student at Glendale Intermediate

I don't think we should go to war. I just think everybody should be friends and not have war against each other. They should talk it out so we don't have to have a war.

Dorothy Dansie, over 60, retired state government worker, Salt Lake City

I think it is a real mistake. We have such problems here at home, and I don't believe that it is going to end without great bloodshed and hardship here as well as among the forces fighting. It's likely to escalate into something much bigger than what they figure it's going to be. I don't believe it's the American way to pick a fight. We should wait first before we attack. We ought to stay home and mind our own business.

Tom Vi, 34, Salt Lake City, landscaper

It's about time to say yes. That's what I want. If Saddam Hussein surrenders, that is good. But if not, it's better for us to go in and kick his butt.