Texans talk at the rodeo

March 4, 2008

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MATTHEW PALEVSKY, JOURNALIST: Whom are you planning to vote for in the primary?

FRANCIS ADIAS, JOHN MCCAIN SUPPORTER: I’m going to plan on voting for McCain, more than likely.

PALEVSKY: Why John McCain?

ADIAS: Why? Well, I think the conservative party, I mean, Republicans are the ones that know what they’re doing.

PALEVSKY: Let’s take the issue of national security, for instance.

ADIAS: Oh, perfect that you asked about that?

PALEVSKY: Why do you feel like they are better on national security?

ADIAS: Because this is the way I see it. First of all, what we did with Iraq and especially since that’s a top national security concern as of right now, granted, you know, we went in there, we took over a country, we invaded a country, we did them a lot of good. Who else would have done it? There’s no other superpower in the world. Russia’s not going to do it. China’s not going to do it. So somebody has to do it. We are the police of the globe.

PALEVSKY: The most recent conglomerate report of the 26 agencies from last year said going into Iraq had made us less safe. And McCain wants to stay there longer. Obama wants to pull out, and so does Hillary. So this is kind of the dividing issue, right?

ADIAS: When I look at the overall picture, yes, we may be more unsafe, and yes our citizens may be unsafe because of it, but I know that there’s somebody in somewhere in the globe elsewhere is at least safer because of us being there.

PALEVSKY: Why didn’t we go into places like Darfur or North Korea, places where, one, Darfur, people are being killed, or Korea, they’re developing weapons?

ADIAS: If there’s one thing that you have to learn about politics is you pick and choose your battles, just like any other issue in life. You pick and choose your battles, because if you go into Darfur, it’s just like trying to get yourself involved in Somalia again. You’re going to end up with a whole bag of issues, just like we did in Iraq. It’s just the same way.

PALEVSKY: And you said you supported McCain, and he agrees with staying in Iraq longer. He said he’s willing to stay there a hundred years if that’s how long it takes. Do you believe that that will make us safer?

ADIAS: You know what? Whether we’re in Iraq, or we’re taking care of whatever issues are in North Korea, or we’re actually saving the people in Darfur, no matter where we go in the United States, whether it’s with military or diplomats, etcetera, we’re always going to be unsafe.

PALEVSKY: Why is McCain’s strategy of keeping our forces there the one that will make us safer?

ADIAS: I highly believe that with his experience in foreign policy and his experience on being with the Senate and seeing what goes through there and what goes on in there, he’ll have more experience, better than Obama because he’s too young, and Hillary, who people are just seeing it as Bill Clinton coming back for another four years.

PALEVSKY: What piece of information or change in the future would make you feel that we should leave Iraq instead of stay?

ADIAS: When I know that there’s a stable government.

PALEVSKY: What if that’s unachievable?

ADIAS: If it’s unachievable, then you know what? That’s how we learn. That’s—.

PALEVSKY: How long does it take to learn that lesson?

ADIAS: Governments can rise and fall in a matter of days. Or they can rise and fall just like Rome did.


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