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
was enough to bury those that did not return."
You  could have heard a pin drop.

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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.

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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 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.
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AND THIS  STORY FITS RIGHT IN WITH THE  ABOVE...

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.

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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.

-unknown author

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