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Dealing with Patriotic Negativity

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AshevilleOnce upon a time when our politicians did not tend to apologize for our country’s prior actions, here’s a refresher on how some of our former patriots handled negative comments about our great country.

JFK’S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60’s when DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO.

DeGaulle said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible. 

Rusk responded, “Does that include those who are buried here?” 

DeGaulle did not respond. You could have heard a pin drop. 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……..Amen

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.

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 Brit’s, Canadians, Aussie’s and Americans arranged it so you wouldn’t have to speak German.”

You could have heard a pin drop.

Keeping with the previous themes

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 their 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 Frenchman to show a passport to.” 

You could have heard a pin drop.

So Let Me Get This Straight

It takes between 21 and 25 days for a Russian oil tanker to get to US ports to be offloaded.  It takes between 35 and 60 days for a tanker from the middle east to make the same trek.  It takes about 10 hours to load the same tanker and up to 24 hours to unload. If it has to wait in port to get an unloading dock, it can take up to 3 days.  The average tanker burns 2,625 gallons of fuel per hour. 22.38 pounds of CO2 are created from burning 1 gallon of diesel fuel. So, in one hour, a tanker ship hauling oil to a refinery in the US creates 58,757.5 pounds of CO2 per hour. Averaging in the travel time of the tankers, that’s 27.67 million tons of CO2 per trip.  In comparison, your car creates between 6 and 9 tons per year.  Without going into all the equations of how many tankers come to the US per year, let alone our exports, will someone please explain to me how drilling our own oil and moving it thru pipelines, along with importing oil from Canada via pipeline, will not be far more environmentally ‘green’ for the world.

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