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You could have heard a pin drop.

Discussion in 'US Army Forum' started by robin303, Oct 2, 2009.

  1. robin303

    robin303 Helicopter Nut

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    Austin, TX
    When in England, at a fairly large
    Conference, Condi Rice was asked by
    The Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans
    For Iraq were just an example
    Of empire building' by George Bush.
    She 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 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 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 Frenchmen to show
    A passport to.'
    You could have heard a pin drop.
  2. DriBak

    DriBak GUNS UP Millennium Member

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    Oldie but a goodie. Still makes my eyes :patriot:

  3. robin303

    robin303 Helicopter Nut

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    Roger that DriBak.
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2009
  4. KG Dad

    KG Dad Lead by Example

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    Dec 11, 2007
    Not to deride Dr. Rice, but it was Gen. Colin Powell who made the remark to the former Archbishop of Canterbury. Hadn't heard the last story. Thanks!