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Postby dudejcb » Thu May 29, 2008 8:54 am

I am not a vet. But I respect and thank them for their service, sacrafices and honor. Most of you know I do not like the Iraq war... but I am patriotic. I support our troops and want our country's leaders to live up to its ideals.

You may have seen what I've copied below. If so, it's worth a second read. If you haven't seen it yet please enjoy. _____________________________________________________

"What Is A Veteran?

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.

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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? '

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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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 '44 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find any Frenchmen to show it to.'

You could have heard a pin drop

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What Is A Veteran?

A 'Veteran' -- whether active duty, discharged, retired, or reserve --
is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made
payable to 'The United States of America,' for an amount of 'up to,
and including his life.'

That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country today, who no longer understand that fact. Let's take a minute or two and thank God for our blessed country, and for all who sacrificed their lives that we might contine to live in it, free, and remain a modle of hope and good in the world."
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Postby QUACK3XS » Thu May 29, 2008 11:56 am

I read it for the 2nd time.....good stuff. It's OK not to be for the war in Iraq. I feel we should've had this wraped when I was there the 1st time. However, given a choice to fight Haji over there NOW or fight him on our soil LATER......I choose Iraq everytime. I respect your opinions, just be careful what you ask for & have a good supply of AMMO :thumbsup:
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Postby dudejcb » Thu May 29, 2008 12:15 pm

QUACK3XS wrote:I read it for the 2nd time.....good stuff. It's OK not to be for the war in Iraq. I feel we should've had this wraped when I was there the 1st time. However, given a choice to fight Haji over there NOW or fight him on our soil LATER......I choose Iraq everytime. I respect your opinions, just be careful what you ask for & have a good supply of AMMO :thumbsup:
I agree. I was surprised when Bush1 pulled back when we had the right kind of opportunity to go ahead.

I also agree I'd rather have the battle field in their back yard and not here. Wonder what it would've been like had we fininshed Iraq the first time, and then stayed after Osama dn the Taliban (full force) this time. Ah... hindsight.
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Postby Dolsmi » Thu May 29, 2008 1:30 pm

Great post and quotes! :clapping:
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Postby Montanafowler » Thu May 29, 2008 6:01 pm

great post dude :thumbsup:
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Postby grunt_doc » Fri Jun 13, 2008 7:12 am

As far as I'm concerned, the best way to show Vets that you support them and the rest of the acive duty military is not to be taken into all the media hype. The major news oulets are categorically wrong. I actually saw some of the reports on a few of the operations/cities I was in over in Iraq and they were completely wrong! Not even close. They will print/report whatever sounds the most dramatic and sensational. That includes the aftermath. I'm sure most of you have heard that all OIF/OEF Vets are crazy and drunks and violent ect. There are nearly 2 million OIF/OEF Vets. Take ANY population of that size and you'll find crazies, criminals, drunks, wife beaters, ect. Vets or not! Just do us a favor and don't get caught up in the BS. Thanks. I'm sure that this is one of the preach to the choir type posts. (I hope)

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