Saturday, May 28, 2016

Once upon a time …when our politicians didn't tend to apologize for our country's prior actions, here's how some of our former patriots handled negative comments about our country.

  

These are good

    

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.  


    


 

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 
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.

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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 
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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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.

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If 
you are proud to be an 
American, pass this on! If not, delete it.

  

  

I am proud to be of this land, 
AMERICA