Posted by: bj | May 15, 2017

You Could Have Heard a Pin Drop

You Could Have Heard a Pin Drop
At a time when too many of our 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:
JFK’S Secretary of  State, Dean Rusk, was in  France in the early
60’s when 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, 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
  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~ ~~~~
 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; 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.
 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~ ~~~~~~~~  
 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
  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 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 Frenchmen to show
 a passport to.”
You could have heard a pin drop.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~
If you are proud to be an American, pass this on! If not, delete it.
I am proud to be of this land, AMERICA.  I hope we can keep it.
If you can read this, thank a teacher.
If you can read it in English, thank a Veteran

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