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  1. #1
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    Just passing it on

    This was passed on to me from a friend...


    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.

    are good

    Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when
    DeGaule decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaule said he wanted all US
    military out of France as soon as possible.

    Rusk responded,
    "Does that include those who are buried here?"

    did not respond.
    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

    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?"

    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."

    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.

    have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked

    Mr. Whiting
    admitted that he had been to France

    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."

    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."

    could have heard a pin drop.


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

    I am proud to be of this land, AMERICA

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    That was great. Allow me to add a little true story when De Gaulle ordered our troops out and our bases turned over to them. They had to get it done fast. Had a buddy in the Army stationed at an AF base in France.

    The Army tank battalion stationed there started packing around the clock on 12 hour shifts 24/7. When they got everything ready to go in the final few days they drove their tanks through the shower buildings, barracks, plowed up the parade fields and in general tore the place up on orders from up the chain.

    It was like when the Israelis pulled out of the Sinai Peninsula they leveled everything as they went. He was very proud of that and hated the French. Just a little side story there that I'm sure nobody knows anything about nowadays except the troops who participated. Thank you, thank you very much
    "I could have ended the war in a month. I could have made North Vietnam look like a mud puddle."

    "I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution."
    Sen. Barry Goldwater

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    Great Post!!

    Thanks for sharing this.

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