I think the crux of the matter was that if we were going to become partners in for example the International Space Station we had to gain the respect of a country like the United States and particularly its space organization NASA.
The reason it has relevance is because I as a popular Arab personality - the Arab people like me and respect me - thought it was time for me to make an ever so tiny statement about what I thought about this whole thing.
Madonna is a pro. I don't like her and have no respect for her but- I don't think she should be called a musician or a dancer or whatever you know but I do have well I do have respect for her ability to completely manipulate the media and have them work for her.
Well being that at the house and being in the competition it was very hard to be with family. We couldn't have visitors out of respect for everyone else there. But being the American Idol the focus would have been on me.
In the military I could exercise the power of being automatically respected because of the medals on my chest not because I had done anything right at the moment to earn that respect. This is pretty nice. It's also a psychological trap that can stop one's growth and allow one to get away with just plain bad behavior.
I call on the international community to be fair to the Iraqi people. My position is that we respect international resolutions but in return demand justice and accountability for those who stole Iraq's money.
I haven't seen a player in this game as long as I've been in it that can't be pitched to... Barry is an outstanding ballplayer. I respect him an awful lot. I also have confidence in my pitchers that they can pitch to Barry Bonds and get him out.
People ask me all the time 'Are you fed up with reality TV?' At the end of the day it can affect my career in the sense that the more reality shows there are the less scripted dramas out there but I can't ever really knock them. I started on 'Popstars ' which was a reality talent show. I have respect for them.