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October 19, 2008

Defending America:You could have heard a pin drop.

Filed under: Politics — sandrabarracuda @ 1:51 am


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 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?’

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

Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied n’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.


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 !’ stated the customs officer.

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 1944 to
help liberate this country,I couldn’t find a single Frenchmen to show a
passport to.’

You could have heard a pin drop.


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