Inspirational and Inspiring Gifts

4 Short American Stories

-- Unproven

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. Powell 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.


Then there was a conference in France where a number of international
engineers, included in which both French and American, were taking part.

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 seawater
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 - "where as 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.



A group of Americans, retired teachers, recently went to France on a tour.
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 any damn
Frenchmen to show it to."  You could have heard a pin drop.

America is a tune