[Nfbk] Memorial Day

Joey Couch joey.couch at gmail.com
Mon May 30 17:22:42 UTC 2011

 At a time when our president and other politicians tend to apologize
    for our country's prior actions,

    here's a refresher on how some of our former patriots handled
    negative comments 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.*

    *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 **

    *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.  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.*


    *AND **

    *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 **

    *Mr. Whiting*

    *admitted that he had been to France **

    *"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, AMERICA*

Joey Couch
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