A few times when someone said the right thing at the right time....
When in England at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked bythe 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,theUnited States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great
perilto fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land wehaveever 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 internationalengineers were taking part, including French and Americans. During a
breakone of the French engineers came back into the room saying 'Have youheardthe latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier toIndonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intended to do,bombthem? 'A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: 'Our carriers
havethree hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they arenuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore
facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of
freshwater from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicoptersforuse in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck.
Wehave eleven such ships; how many does France have? Once again, deadsilence.
A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that includedAdmiralsfrom the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French navies. At a
cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group ofofficersthat included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone waschatting
away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiralsuddenlycomplained that, 'whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans
learnonly English.'He then asked, 'Why is it that we always have to speak English in these
conferences rather than speaking French? 'Without hesitating, theAmericanAdmiral 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 THIS STORY FITS RIGHT IN WITH THE ABOVE
A group of Americans, retired teachers, recently went to France on atour.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 hiscarryon. "You have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer
askedsarcastically. Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to Francepreviously."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 your passports on arrival in France!" TheAmerican senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietlyexplained. "Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in '44 tohelp
liberate this country, I couldn't find any Frenchmen to show it to."
I like the 3rd one!!