Especially when one of the young people I know and am connected to on Facebook posts this! (And NO she is not in the military, nor is she a friend of my military son- she worked for me a few years ago.)
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
THESE STORIES ARE GOOD REMINDERS OF HOW PROUD AND THANKFUL WE SHOULD ALWAYS BE AS AMERICANS:
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.
“Does that include those who are buried here?”
DeGaule 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
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
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.
AND THIS STORY FITS RIGHT IN WITH THE ABOVE…
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 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.