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1 You could have heard a pin drop. on Mon Aug 25, 2008 8:10 pm

rosco 357

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 was enough to bury those that did not return.'

You could have heard a pin drop.


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 6,000 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.



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.


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.

2 Re: You could have heard a pin drop. on Tue Aug 26, 2008 1:30 am


awesome Rosco

3 Re: You could have heard a pin drop. on Tue Aug 26, 2008 5:08 am


Great rosco, I enjoyed those, good read..

4 Re: You could have heard a pin drop. on Tue Aug 26, 2008 12:32 pm


good ones Rosco, I first asked for a url but I know those are email things
so i went to snopes, it says colins is true but changed in context to simplify

I deleted my first statement(reply) and looked it up, the complete transcript is awesome,of colin powells, the other quotes i didn't look up,don't know if they are true or not since no name was given..or url link

5 Re: You could have heard a pin drop. on Tue Aug 26, 2008 2:08 pm


I don t think English or German makes any difference for a Frenchman.
To him both languages are simply foreign and most likely he can hardly speak either of them.
Personally I find French very difficult, but I would not mind having to speak German or English.
Besides that, because of it s many homonyms French can hardly be used for contracts, etc., so
it s much more convenient to use English.

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