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You could have heard a pin drop

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When in England at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by
theArchbishop 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
UnitedStates 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.

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Then 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

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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.

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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
Frenchmen to show it to.'

You could have heard a pin drop

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What Is A Veteran?

A 'Veteran' -- whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve --
is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made
payable to 'The United States of America,' for an amount of 'up to, and
including his life.'

That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country today,
who no longer understand that fact.

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post #2 of 8
This is a friggin classic! I've received it in email from people I sent it to!
post #3 of 8
Although I have seen it before, it never gets old, PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif

Thankyou
post #4 of 8

Living in So Cal ~

That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country today,
who no longer understand that fact.



Man those of us left here in So Cal, The ones whose families came here on dirty, diseased ships who could not wait to become AMERICANS who fought for the civil rights, the freedom we have in this country and whos sons and daughters still do, Believe me we try everyday to remind people that FREEDOM doesn't come free, and those peeps who now live off of my tax dollars, who do not want to honor my country should be escorted back to their countries, especially the ones flying their flags in stead of old glory....
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post #5 of 8
Good stuff!
post #6 of 8
And there are so many buried so far from home, let us never forget the ultimate sacrifice they made for all. The rest of the world should do so to, but alas, they easily forget.
post #7 of 8
Great Truths!
post #8 of 8
Wouldn't be great to bring them home? I am sick every time I hear about those frenchies tearing up those graves...I would be happy if my tax dollars were going to bring those fallen heros home to Arlington...I don't buy anything french...nothing..they would all be speaking German..if well our boys didn't bleed all over those beaches...ok I lied I will buy Normandy butter..for obvious reasons....PDT_Armataz_01_40.gif
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