View Full Version : You Could have heard a pin drop.

05-24-2008, 09:40 PM
Someone sent this to me and I wanted to share this. Thankyou to all our srvicemen and women,past and present.
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 who 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 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.

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 l ast 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
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 damn
Frenchmen to show it to."

You could have heard a pin drop.

05-24-2008, 10:03 PM
That is great. My company's administrator is based out of Paris. Three out of the four French guys I work with are great, but there is always the one condescending little man who has the bad attitude. Anyway, I think I will send this message to the little rat.


Bob # 1
05-24-2008, 10:20 PM

05-24-2008, 11:03 PM
Excellent!! I'm tired of hearing how we are the heavies. Nice to hear of someone standing up and saying"God Bless The USA". Thanks to all who make the sacrifices for me and mine this Memorial Day weekend.

Slipped Cork
05-25-2008, 05:45 AM
Loved it!

05-25-2008, 06:15 AM
that was great, we owe so much to our vets, past and present.

05-25-2008, 07:52 AM
I love those stories. Makes me proud to be among the greatest people to ever populate this planet.

I saw an article recently where there was a gathering at a small university and some of the ROTC staff was there. One of the professors decided to dump some of his socalist views on a regular army senior NCO. He asked him why he thought it was his job to judge who was right and who was wrong in the world. Especially Osama Bin Laden and his religion. The NCO replied, I have never considered it my job to judge him, that job belongs to God only. It's my job to arrange the meeting.

05-25-2008, 08:05 AM
That is great. My company's administrator is based out of Paris. Three out of the four French guys I work with are great, but there is always the one condescending little man who has the bad attitude. Anyway, I think I will send this message to the little rat.


I would love to see his face when he got this:D

05-25-2008, 09:54 AM
Awesome, thanks for sharing those!

beagle man
05-25-2008, 09:54 AM
well said nothing to add

05-25-2008, 10:23 AM
There are too many people, some abroad, but way too many here in our country who are quick to critisize the things the US does. This year's presendential election has been more about the mistakes the Republicans have made than who is best to lead this country in what is sure to be a trying time. Everyone seems to forget the good things that have been done both recently and in the past. I am proud to live in the greatest country in the world. No matter our political beliefs or alliegances we need to keep sight of what this country stands for and those who have fought and died for the freedoms we argue over every day. God bless the American soldier!

05-25-2008, 11:08 AM
Thanks for an uplifting article. My Dad was a Battle of the Bulge veteran, three times decorated, but never heard him talk much about it, much less brag about it. Wish he was still here, he would have enjoyed these stories.

05-25-2008, 11:04 PM
I love it