You could have heard a pin drop.

This is probably one of the best e-mails I have ever received. It really shows us that we have taken for granted what we have. Have a read:

Once upon a time when our politicians did not 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 great country.

These are good
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?”
did not respond.
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.”
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?”
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
could have heard a pin drop.




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
Mr. Whiting
admitted that he had been to France
“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.”
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 Frenchman
to show a passport to.”

could have heard a pin drop.

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