Don't know if any of this is true, but it is interesting reading anyway.
When in England, at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell
askedby the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just
an example of empirebuilding' by George Bush.He answered by saying,
'Over the years, the United States has sentmany of its fine young men
women into great peril to fight forfreedom beyond our borders. The
only amount of land we have ever askedfor 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
internationalengineers were taking part, including French and
American. During abreak one of the French engineers came back into the
saying 'Haveyou heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent
aircraftcarrier toIndonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he
intend todo, bomb them?'A Boeing engineer stood up and replied
'Our carriers have threehospitals on board that can treat several
hundred people; they arenuclear powered and can supply emergency
power to shorefacilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity
to feed 3,000people three meals a day, they can produce several
thousand gallons offresh water from sea water each day, and they carry
dozenhelicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and
fromtheir 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
includedAdmirals from the U.S. , English, Canadian, Australian and
At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a largegroup
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
manylanguages, Americans learn only English.' He then asked, 'Why is
always have to speak English in these conferences rather thanspeaking
French?'With out hesitating, the American Admiral replied 'Maybe it's
becausethe 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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Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by
plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his
his carry on. 'You have been to France before, monsieur?' the
customs officer asked sarcastically. Mr. Whiting admitted that he had
to France previously 'Then you should know enough to have your
passport ready.' The American said, 'The last time I was here, I
have to show it.' 'Impossible. Americans always have to show your
passports on arrivalin France !' The American senior gave the
long hard look. Then hequietly explained. 'Well, when I came ashore
Omaha Beach on D-Day in '44 to help liberate this country, I couldn'
find a single Frenchmento show a passport to.' You could have heard a
pin drop. If you are proud, pass this on!