Wednesday, April 22, 2015

PIN DROP

This post arrived in my inbox, courtesy of Cousin Jack. I would attribute it, if I knew who wrote it originally. Bear with the occasional odd capitalization and grammatical twist...and consider what it's saying. Wow.

> >
> > 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 return."
> >
> > You could have heard a pin drop.
> > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~
> >
> >
> > There was a conference in France here 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
> > Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have
> > to speak German."
> >
> > You could have heard a pin drop.
> >
> > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> >
> > AND THIS STORY FITS RIGHT IN WITH THE ABOVE...
> >
> > 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.

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