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jpattersonnh 09-30-2010 01:48 AM

A good read!
When in England a few years ago, at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was
asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if the US 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.
The US 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 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 bag.
'You have been to France before, monsieur?' the customs officer asked
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 shown 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 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.

colmustard 09-30-2010 03:18 AM

Very nice! Makes me proud to be an american! No matter what others can;t take away from us the good deeds we have done on other pepoles behalf!:D

dog2000tj 09-30-2010 03:26 AM

title of the thread should say "an excellent read". thanks :)

notdku 09-30-2010 04:28 PM

Excellent is right.

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