Now honestly, is America "that
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.
After Secretary Powell's comment, the room became, and
At 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?'
The room was silent.
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'
There was nothing more anyone could, or wanted to voice
in the room.
(and, fitting 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 damn Frenchmen to show it to."
And once again...
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.
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.
... Name one other country,
ever, that can make this claim. Just one, ever ...