Member Cal sends us this priceless piece of American aplomb. Often, when our great country is ostracized by lofty “enlightened” European thinkers, it is usually a Veteran who best offers the most poignant and sarcastic answer. The recent propensity of our elected officials to denigrate America and its accomplishments/intentions and to apologize for prior behaviour disgusts me- not just as an American but as a Veteran. I think every one of you who read this will see the delicious irony in the rejoinders offered by Americans proud of their heritage and secure in the knowledge of their place in history.

President John F. Kennedy’s Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60’s when President 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, General Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of ’empire building’ by George Bush. The Archbishop, for those unaware, is the equivalent of the English Pope. Britain, as we all know, was one of the most ambitious “empire builders” of the late nineteenth and early early twentieth century. Perhaps the Archbishop needs to brush up on his history.

Powell 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 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; pray tell, how many ships of this calibre 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 their passports on arrival in France !”

The American senior gave the Frenchman a long withering look. Then he
quietly explained, ”Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in
1944 to help liberate your country, I couldn’t find a single Frenchmen
to show a passport to.”
You could have heard a pin drop.

Veterans, for the most part, are a breed apart. They readily volunteer where others are disinclined to. They are more prone to open their hearts and wallets to total strangers in need. And it is the Veteran, more often than not, who is inclined to give someone a piece of their mind when the subject of America’s good intentions are called into question.

I can’t tell you how many we lost in Laos during the Great Vietnam Boundary Dispute in the Sixties and Seventies. The casualty rate for both servicemen and Air America personnel was generally in excess of 35 percent. Many a Veteran’s memorial who fell there bears the inscription of KIA-BNR. For those of you unacquainted with the second acronym, it stands for Body Never Recovered. Sometimes we are not even accorded the measure of a proper burial. Never apologize. Never feel embarrassment. America has always been above reproach. Let’s hope our leaders embrace that philosophy again some day.

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  1. Randy says:

    Spot on with the replies. Love to shut idiots down anywhere, any time and any locale.

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