Monday, March 24, 2008

An E Mail

I got this from two different people today and thought it was quite good.

Great Military Comebacks

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.

It became very quiet in the room.


Then 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 intended 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?

Once again, dead silence.


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 Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German.’

You could have heard a pin drop


A group of Americans, retired teachers, recently went to France on a tour. 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 your passports on arrival in France!' The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained: 'Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in '44 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find any damn Frenchmen to show it to.'

In all fairness to the people of France, they have changed directions lately with the election of a president who is friendlier to and more appreciative of the Americans. Still there are other nations who have failed to appreciate us.


Anonymous Tom said...

Headed to Germany next week, and one of the planned weekend "adventures" is a trip to Paris. I'll have to keep these stories in mind should a Frenchman impinge the honor of the United States

5:31 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Those are real "gotchas'", Shoprat! LOL!

8:18 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

memories are getting terribly short both here and abroad. and it's really strange where people will place blame for the world not being what they want it to be. good post.

8:45 PM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Sarkozy is a breath of fresh air. But even he can't overcome France's African Muslim issue and its "disaffected youths."


4:07 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Do not forget that a little over two centuries ago that France helped us wrest our freedom from England, and a century ago gave us a national icon, the Statue of Liberty. Ironic that that most American of images is in fact, made in France. Yes, France and America have not always seen things eye to eye since the end of WW2, but those of us with French blood will never turn our backs on the mother country. Besides, where would we get our wine and cheeses from? Germany?

4:31 PM  

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