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You could hear a pin drop-stories of our military.

Old 06-28-2008, 05:05 AM
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Default You could hear a pin drop-stories of our military.

You may have seen this before, but I have not.


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.


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 intend to do, bomb

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
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

'You have been to France before, monsieur?' the cu stoms 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 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 1944, I
Couldn't find a Frenchman to show it to.'

You could have heard a pin drop.<O</O


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