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    Uncle Frank

    My uncle is a retired Army pilot. He sent these quotes to me today. He is a Democrat, but I forgive him for that orientation. The quotes are good and solid American. Go Bush!

    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."

    It became very quiet in the room.

    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?"

    Once again, dead silence.

    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!

    If you can read this, Thank a Teacher. If it is in English, Thank a Soldier.

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    Re: Uncle Frank

    You've probably read them, but it will do you good to read them again. 8)

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    Re: Uncle Frank

    Quote Originally Posted by misterdecibel
    Thankyou for that, .... although your post might render you a traitor to America by exposing Gail's post for the naieve propaganda it is.

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    Re: Uncle Frank

    Quote Originally Posted by robmcg


    Thankyou for that, .... although your post might render you a traitor to America by exposing Gail's post for the naieve propaganda it is.
    It do?

    While I don't much care for that kind of soppy pap, Snopes appears to confirm Powell -

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdm
    While I don't much care for that kind of soppy pap, Snopes appears to confirm Powell -
    It bent the way the exchange with Powell occurred to the point of being utterly disingenuous.

    Cue for you to remind me how you saved my butt in '42-'44

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    Re: Uncle Frank

    Quote Originally Posted by robmcg

    Cue for you to remind me how you saved my butt in '42-'44
    Everyone makes mistakes, even the US of A.

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    Re: Uncle Frank

    Quote Originally Posted by jdm

    Everyone makes mistakes, even the US of A.
    Well, you cynically USED us as a base! And stole some of our pretty females... while we were busy beating Rommel.

    In the 1960s I used to mess around as a teenager in the remains of the huge camps and store complexes you guys built in '42... returned in the case of Mackay's Crossing Camp [north of Wellington] to low grade sheep farming but good to see trains go by...

    Sadly a lot of the guys who went through did in fact get killed at Guadacanal and Tarawa etc.

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