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SEN. MCCAIN: Before we leave that, did we hear the size of the
fine? (Chuckles.)

MR. BROKAW: Phil Elliot is over here in this section, and Phil
Elliot has a question for Senator McCain. Phil?

Question: Yes, Senator McCain. How will all the recent economic
stress affect our nation’s ability to act as a peacemaker in the
world?

SEN. MCCAIN: Well, I thank you for that question because there’s
no doubt, and history shows us, that nations that are strong
militarily over time have to have a strong economy, as well.
And that is one of the challenges that America faces.
But having said that, America — and we’ll hear a lot of
criticism and have heard a lot of criticism about America and our
national security policy and — and all that, and much of that
criticism is justified. But the fact is, America is the greatest
force for good in the history of the world. My friends, we have gone
to all four corners of the Earth and shed American blood, in defense,
usually, of somebody else’s freedom and our own.
So we are peacemakers, and we’re peacekeepers. But the challenge
is — is to know when the United States of America can beneficially
affect the outcome of a — of a crisis, when to go in and when not,
when American military power is worth the expenditure of our most
precious treasure. And that question has — can only be answered with
someone with the knowledge and the experience and the judgment — the
judgment to know when our national security is not only at risk but
where the United States of America can make a difference in preventing
genocide, in preventing the spread of te

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