4.25.2009

Foreign Policy 101

"Ain't fittin' fer a president to act like that."

Young Joe Nelson an' his daddy Mitch sat on the porch wif 'Uncle an' me.

Joe say how he thought the Bush folks din't always git thangs right, but this?...this really had become an international embarrasment, a source of global ridicule.

After a spell, when all the disgust wif' Obama's glad-handing of Castro, Chavez an' Hamas was reviewed, ole Mitch simply said he wanted to read us somethin' his brother sent him:

When in England , at a fairly large conference, Condi Rice was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of empire building' by George Bush. She 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.


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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.
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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 Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German.'

You could have heard a pin drop.
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AND THIS STORY FITS RIGHT IN WITH THE ABOVE...


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 your 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.'


You could have heard a pin drop.

6 comments:

Stogie said...

Great post, Aunty. I will link to your article.

fishy said...

Heard today,

" They do things differently in America. It is the only country where a talk show hostess can appoint a president".

Aunty Belle said...

Stogie!!

Hoo-whee, youse a sight fer sore eyes! How ya' been?

Fishy, thas' a great one!

This post was on Front POrch and had a dozen of so comments--but I lost the comments when I moved it to the Back Porch--drat, some of y'all had fabulous thangs to say. Sorry to all who comments wuz lost.

K9 said...

did you happen to see spenglers essay on AT about who he is? i know you know but did you read that particular piece?

Aunty Belle said...

yep, Pup, I read it.

Anonymous said...

http://www.snopes.com/politics/quotes/powell.asp

Check out snopes response, that it was Gen Powell speaking to the former Archbishop of Canterbury and the context is very different. Stephen