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You could have heard a pin drop
VTX Cafe ^ | 31 May 2011 | ShinerDoc

Posted on 06/01/2011 11:30:52 AM PDT by ShadowAce

JFK’s Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60′s when Charles de Gaulle decided to pull out of NATO. De Gaulle 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 Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn’t have to speak German.”

You could have heard a pin drop.

***

And finally…

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 upon 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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1 posted on 06/01/2011 11:30:56 AM PDT by ShadowAce
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To: ShadowAce

Yup.


2 posted on 06/01/2011 11:33:47 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Slugs and Bitter Clingers Unite.)
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To: ShadowAce

Oh, this one is an absolute keeper, BIG TIME.


3 posted on 06/01/2011 11:34:15 AM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: ShadowAce

Are these true?


4 posted on 06/01/2011 11:35:19 AM PDT by RockinRight (Herman Cain stopped for gas in South Carolina and inadvertently won a Primary debate.)
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To: TLI

When I read it, I thought the same thing


5 posted on 06/01/2011 11:35:25 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: RockinRight

Don’t know, though I have my doubts (The quote about asking for land is iffy, I think—we do have military bases in foreign countries)


6 posted on 06/01/2011 11:36:33 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: ShadowAce

Still funny no matter how many times I read it.


7 posted on 06/01/2011 11:39:33 AM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: ShadowAce

French Combat Deaths for the Battle of Normandy = ZIP ZERO NADA!!!!! Look it up!!!!


8 posted on 06/01/2011 11:40:00 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: ShadowAce

bookmarked


9 posted on 06/01/2011 11:41:14 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways a Guero y Guay Lao >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona.....)
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To: RockinRight

First two have been floating around for some time and are well-attested.

No idea about the others.


10 posted on 06/01/2011 11:42:55 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: massgopguy

When I was first reading this, I was expecting the “I flew in here in 1945, but I didn’t stop” line


11 posted on 06/01/2011 11:43:41 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: ShadowAce
we do have military bases in foreign countries

We don't own any of them except Gitmo.

We pay outlandish rent for the others.

12 posted on 06/01/2011 11:44:41 AM PDT by Dan(9698)
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To: massgopguy

Not to mention the French firing on our landing in Africa.


13 posted on 06/01/2011 11:45:11 AM PDT by hometoroost (Love the Onion story on a closed-ceremony "transparency" award. Oh wait, that actually happened.)
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To: Dan(9698)

Thanks for the info!


14 posted on 06/01/2011 11:45:22 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: massgopguy

Not to mention the French firing on our landing in Africa.


15 posted on 06/01/2011 11:45:25 AM PDT by hometoroost (Love the Onion story on a closed-ceremony "transparency" award. Oh wait, that actually happened.)
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To: ShadowAce

OUTSTANDING!!!


16 posted on 06/01/2011 11:45:43 AM PDT by Judith Anne ( Holy Mary, Mother of God, please pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death.)
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To: RockinRight
Checked Snopes about Powell: http://www.snopes.com/politics/quotes/powell.asp

I was actually search for "you could hear a pin drop", figuring that by now, they'd have investigated all of them.

Short answer: the spirit of it is true for Powell, but it was overly simplified. Full text is at snopes.

17 posted on 06/01/2011 11:46:57 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: ShadowAce

Epic burn!!


18 posted on 06/01/2011 11:48:04 AM PDT by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: Professional Engineer

ping


19 posted on 06/01/2011 11:50:43 AM PDT by Peanut Gallery
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To: ShadowAce

Oh BUMP IT!


20 posted on 06/01/2011 11:50:55 AM PDT by ScreamingFist (Quiet the Idiot)
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To: ShadowAce

Great post.


21 posted on 06/01/2011 12:01:45 PM PDT by RU88 (Bow to no man)
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To: ShadowAce

These are great! Thanks.


22 posted on 06/01/2011 12:03:07 PM PDT by cvq3842
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To: cvq3842

You’re welcome!


23 posted on 06/01/2011 12:04:15 PM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: massgopguy
"81 Free French SAS (Special Air Service) were killed and another 195 wounded from 6 June to the beginning of August in Brittany.[68][69] For Allied tank losses there are no direct number. Estimations are that around 4,000 tanks were destroyed, of which 2,000 were fighting in American units.[70]"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Overlord#Cherbourg

While this does not come close to the other allied losses in absolute terms, you also have to remember that the USAAF plastered the heck out of the Normandy region, focusing on railyards & bridges and this created a lot of French civilian casualties.

There was also a large Free French Army that landed alongside US forces in Southern France in August 1944 (Operation Dragoon).

The French can be bothersome but they did participate in their own liberation.

24 posted on 06/01/2011 12:05:18 PM PDT by Tallguy (Received a fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit.)
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To: Dan(9698)

Yep, and when asked to leave, we do, leaving the natives looking at a devastated local economy and. when their neighbors start rattling sabers, wondering about the wisdom of running us off.


25 posted on 06/01/2011 12:05:18 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("Experience is the best teacher, but if you can accept it 2nd hand, the tuition is less." M Rosen)
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To: ShadowAce

GREAT, thanks!


26 posted on 06/01/2011 12:07:45 PM PDT by CitizenM (If we ever forget that we're one nation under GOD, then we will be a nation gone under.-Ronald Re)
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To: massgopguy

You’re right, there were no French regulars, but the resistance did much to prepare for the invasion. I’m not a giant historical fan of the French, but without the French we wouldn’t have been a country, and of late, the French President seems to have assumed the ‘Leader of the Free World’ mantle.


27 posted on 06/01/2011 12:07:55 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: ShadowAce

well to put this in perspective it would be wise to consider the French losses in WWI, and then see if that gives you a little insight into the way the French fought WWII. Full disclosure, I’m British.


28 posted on 06/01/2011 12:12:47 PM PDT by Jeff Vader
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To: Jeff Vader

I’ve often wondered if wars don’t do a tremendous job to the detriment of the “breeding stock” so to speak. Imagine all the Mountbatten types who were killed while the Blair/Clinton types who avoid service survived. I suspect the constant wars France were involved with really screwed the type and quality of the males who remained to father future generations. Your point regarding World War I is well taken.


29 posted on 06/01/2011 12:21:20 PM PDT by MSF BU (YR'S Please Support our troops: JOIN THEM!)
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To: ShadowAce

Bases that we negotiate and pay for.


30 posted on 06/01/2011 12:30:07 PM PDT by Ratman83
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To: Ratman83
See posts #12 and #14.

Thanks for the update, though!

31 posted on 06/01/2011 12:35:30 PM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: massgopguy

In uniform, this is so and it was arranged to be so by SHAEF, for propaganda purposes with DeGaulle at the lead.

However, the Resistance (some commies, some not) provided incomparable support and force protection for the Allies. And, they did this upon activation by coded message (”Wounds my heart with monotonous langour”) announcing D-Day in all areas of France including the pro Nazi Vichy controlled South.

The Maquis were an exceptional example. And the people paid with their lives. About which see: Nancy Wake link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Wake

The town that was no more... Oradur-sur-Glane. Link:http://www.oradour.info/

The entire town (642) was wiped out by Waffen-SS in reprisal for their having Maquis elements who had kidnapped (following pre-arranged D-Day orders from the OSS) General Kampfe (whom they quickly killed when the Germans began to kill off other villages in their search.

The town is now a museum, left just as it was.

I would not generally say the “French” are or were, chickens, but they have been generally poorly lead and have had much to recover from over the last 140 years.


32 posted on 06/01/2011 12:36:10 PM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: ShadowAce

bkmk


33 posted on 06/01/2011 12:38:45 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: John S Mosby
Very well put!

French leadership since the Franco-Prussian War could write a book on how NOT to lead a nation or a military.

In fact if such a book existed you use it to have a well led nation and military by doing the polar opposite!

34 posted on 06/01/2011 12:42:00 PM PDT by Reily
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To: RockinRight

To 4 - No.


35 posted on 06/01/2011 12:42:22 PM PDT by jla
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To: ShadowAce

Yeah saw that after I posted.


36 posted on 06/01/2011 12:52:41 PM PDT by Ratman83
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To: John S Mosby

Everyone thought DeGaulle was a regular nose bleed.


37 posted on 06/01/2011 1:06:09 PM PDT by SMARTY (Conforming to non-conformity is conforming just the same.)
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To: ShadowAce

I’ll add another anecdote.....

Shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union, there was an international conference consisting of high ranking military officers from a number of countries.

During a lunch time break from the meetings, a number of the military officers were standing in a group, engaging in light conversation.

One of the American military officers walked up to a general from the Russian Federation. The American military man asked the Russian general, “Tell me, general, did the Soviet Union ever consider invading the United States during the Cold War?”

The Russian general laughed and said, “Oh, no! You people have too many guns over there!”


38 posted on 06/01/2011 1:07:05 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (Palin / West in 2012 or West / Palin. Either combination will serve America well.)
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To: Dan(9698)

We don’t own Gitmo, either. We have paid a little over $4000 a year in rent since 1934. The Castro government has never cashed one of our checks. They do not recognize the lease as legal.


39 posted on 06/01/2011 1:20:29 PM PDT by beelzepug (" Shaved ice for me and my monkey, please.")
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To: ShadowAce

The French aren’t known for smooth moves. They are more known by for their hasty retreats.


40 posted on 06/01/2011 1:45:44 PM PDT by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has limits.)
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To: beelzepug

I didn’t know that.

Thanks


41 posted on 06/01/2011 1:50:11 PM PDT by Dan(9698)
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To: ShadowAce

Nice!


42 posted on 06/01/2011 2:23:17 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: Dan(9698)

IIRC, technically we do pay rent on GITMO. But Cuba doesn’t cash the checks.

Or something like that.


43 posted on 06/01/2011 2:25:20 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: ShadowAce

Ping for...well...just forever.

Thanks for posting this.


44 posted on 06/01/2011 2:39:55 PM PDT by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2013: Change we can look forward to.)
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To: MSF BU
I’ve often wondered if wars don’t do a tremendous job to the detriment of the “breeding stock” so to speak. Imagine all the Mountbatten types who were killed while the Blair/Clinton types who avoid service survived. I suspect the constant wars France were involved with really screwed the type and quality of the males who remained to father future generations.

Historically, IMO, this is one of the big reasons TPTB keep wars going. The other two are profit, and control of the political remains.

45 posted on 06/01/2011 5:21:25 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on its own.)
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To: ShadowAce

You could have heard a pin drop.
When Johnny stopped and locked the door.


46 posted on 06/01/2011 5:23:42 PM PDT by xone
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