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Proud to be American – And We Won’t Apologize!

At a time when our current 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 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.

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Aaron Flowers

I have been to some the US Military cemeteries in Europe.None are so vast as those in France. They yearn to be a free people, as every country deserves to be, yet look at what is happening there currently. They are the first to be overran by Muslims extremists. They were overtaken first and were not even aware it was happening. Now they are engaged in a quiet civil war against the Muslim Extremists. Let see when both of their arms are raised in defeat again.

Kathie

I am so very proud of our military (past & present). They sacrifice so very much and know the sacrifices going in and yet they still go. They go through abuse for their sacrifices and often times from their own goverment and yet they still serve because of their commitment and love for their country. They have a right to be proud of who they are, yet they are often times made to look like bafoons because our goverment feels like they owe everyone an apology for standing up for our beliefs.And now they want to treat our brave men and women of the military like second class citizens by cutting their benifits. To the goverment officials; why don’t you cut some of your benifits and give them to the military? After all they are the ones putting their lives on the line for your lives not you. Maybe our… Read more »

Bev

First: Right on! Great piece.
Second: Before we get too indignant, we should remember that we too have had leaders who boldly put both feet in mouth with unwise remarks that don’t reflect the majority of citizens. The French just seem to have an abundance of leaders who remember a few unpleasant non-Frenchmen instead of the many heroes who aided their country.
Third: It bears repeating — Good piece. Pass it on.

Jeffrey Schaub

France has always been there when they needed us.

Adalberto Cervantes Rodriguez

Do we need to replace CEOs from American Companies for Fortune millionaires from the BRIC countries? The economic development of USA is threatened by politicians and high top directors of the 500 Fortunes American companies that are not looking any more the high productivity of their Companies. Carlos Slim in Mexico will teach them American accounting and American models like the ABC technique to them, using reengineering is capable of start buying USA companies assets in bankruptcy to make them more productive and after selling them in a much higher price. For him, the ERP is only a tool and it is not the way to increase the productivity per se. He had showed how to eliminate AT&T out of the Mexican market using our own productivity techniques. On the other hand the Indian origin IT owners will show how do to offshore and outsourcing ideas and services around the… Read more »

Vic McCance

DAMN SKIPPY!! GBA&I (God Bless America and Israel)

Barbara

No one hates any country so much as those whose ass they saved not once but twice. The U.S. of A. continues to bail out others even though they have been told over and over and shown that no good deed goes unpunished. Still we continue to step in and aid others and I doubt we will ever stop unless destroyed by our own government.