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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?"  
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 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...(my favorite)  
  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."    
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  If you are proud to be an American, pass this on! If not,....  
  I am proud to be of this land, AMERICA and if this article has offended anyone?..
WELL TO DAMN BAD - GET OVER IT!          
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You could have heard a pin drop

...at least that is the title that was on this memo report that I received from a really good friend. It occurred to me that in many cases, even our own leaders have little respect for what our country has meant to the rest of the world for the past two hundred years.
I have no way of knowing if the responses listed here are accurate or not, but that doesn't make any difference - the fact is that each response is spot on to factual...we welcome any contrary opinion.  
Here's a refresher on how some of our former patriots handled negative comments about our country.
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