Not really a joke....but a good read

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.

These are good

JFK'S 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
DeGuale 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 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 Brit's, Canadians,
Aussie's and Americans arranged it so you
wouldn't have to speak German.'

You 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. "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 1944 to help
liberate this country, I couldn't find a single
Frenchman to show a passport to."

You could have heard a pin drop.
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