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    There actually was a time when our politicians did not apologize for our country's prior actions. Here's a refresher on how some of our former patriots handled negative comments about our great country.

    These are good! Loved reading them for the umpteenth time!

    JFK'S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when
    DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO.
    DeGaulle said he wanted all US military out of
    France as soon as possible.
    Rusk responded, "Does that include those who are buried here?"

    DeGaulle did not respond.

    You could have heard a pin drop.


    When in England, at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of
    'empire building' by George Bush.

    He answered by saying,

    "Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders.
    The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return
    is enough to bury those that did not return."

    You could have heard a pin drop.


    There was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break, one of the French engineers came back into the room saying, "Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia
    to help the tsunami victims. What does he intend to do, bomb them?"

    A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: "Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities;
    they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships;

    How many does France have?"

    You could have heard a pin drop.


    A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks, but a French admiral suddenly complained that,
    whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English.
    He then asked, "Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?"

    Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied, "Maybe it's because the
    Brit's, Canadians, Aussie's and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German."

    You could have heard a pin drop.


    Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane.
    At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on.

    "You have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked sarcastically.

    Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.

    "Then you should know enough to have your passport ready."

    The American said, "The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it."

    "Impossible.. Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France!"

    The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then, he quietly explained, 'Son, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find a single Frenchman to show a passport to.'

    You could have heard a pin drop

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    Re: You could have heard a pin drop

    Thanks for the fine post. I see it is all directed at France, and rightly so. It would be very hard I think to find a more arrogant country. Even Russia and China, our traditional enemies, are more tuned and liking of Americans than France too often refuses to be.

    The company that I retired from after more than 30 years of service has offices and used to have a manufacturing facility in France. I've heard a lot of stories of our engineers being given a hard time there, not so much at our offices, but at hotels and restaurants, cabbies, etc. where a Frenchman would pretend to not understand or would simply provide the most snobbish attitudes. My Russian friend, hates having to do anything with France as they are extremely discourteous to Russians... "more than any other EU country" according to his travels as an engineer.

    Edit addition: France is also a country, it's it's stupid arrogance, which frequently goes off on its own, defying international sanctions and trading with places like Iran when they are not supposed to do. I think the mindset there is that by doing so, they can advantage their profits because there is no competition. Even in my company, we had some concerns with the French office's dealings. I think it was no surprise at all when lots of European (and even U.S.) equipment and parts were found in Iraq, after the invasion.... much of it originating or channeled through the French.

    And while the French army performed spectacularly during WWI, their leadership and actions in WWII were most decidedly less... mostly because of poor leadership. DeGaulle, also caused many problems with his prima-donna behaviour and unrealistic demands on the American command... and had great disdain for the British. Perhaps the latter was largely due to the British destruction of the French fleet, at a time when the weak French command refused to sail away to allie ports and were about to willfully surrender it to the Nazi's.

    Our Vietnam was also because of the French. Their insistance of the division after WWII and their longing to re-establish the French colonialism of Indochina after that war. WE provided overwhelming financial (and military hardware) support of the French army in Vietnam... and it was their total fumbling of the political and military situation there that created the situation that we then had to take over after their profound and dibilitating defeat.

    Last edited by CWSmith; 01-20-2014, 07:48 PM.


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      Re: You could have heard a pin drop

      A cabbie in Amsterdam told me he thought it funny how the French can't understand English in France but are quite fluent when in the Netherlands.


      • #4
        Re: You could have heard a pin drop

        I keep saying if we want to show iran we mean business, we should bomb france!


        • #5
          Re: You could have heard a pin drop

          Did you notice that the openning and closing ceremonies at the Olympic games are in French and English the fogs are all show and no substance
          Isn`t it funny how the four of our countries have stuck together as we all come from the same mother country we have our differences other countries think we are soft and decadent as we don`t kneel four times a day and pray and publicise our religions and we treat our women with respect as equals but when they back us into a corner pity help them

          Last edited by AFM; 01-21-2014, 07:18 AM.