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  1. bigbore613

    bigbore613 TS Supporters TS Supporters

    Jan 29, 1998
    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.
    Then 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 intended
    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.
    A group of Americans, retired teachers, recently went to France on a tour.
    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 your 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 '44 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find any
    Frenchmen to show it to.'
    You could have heard a pin drop

    What Is A Veteran?
    A 'Veteran' -- whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve --
    is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made
    payable to 'The United States of America,' for an amount of 'up to, and
    including his life.'
    That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country today,
    who no longer understand that fact.
  2. CDHJ

    CDHJ Member

    Mar 1, 2008
    bigbore 613


    What a priviledge to have the freedoms we have.
    Even if some are so abused.

    Thanks to the many that gave so much so we can have them.

    Great read bigbore 613. Thank you.
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