Friday, October 28, 2016

"Pin Drop"

Once upon 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 by others about our country.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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,
''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.
If you are proud to be an American, pass this on!
If not, delete it.
I am proud to be of this land, U.S.A.

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