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Friday, December 13, 2002

 
France bashing, as promised:
This was submitted by a member of our Armed Forces:
A funny thing happened to me yesterday at Camp Bondsteel (Kosovo): A French army officer walked up to me in the PX, and told me he thought we (Americans) were a bunch of cowboys and were going to provoke a war. He said if such a thing happens, we wouldn't be able to count on the support of France.
I told him that it didn't surprise me. Since we had come to France's Rescue in World War I, World War II, Vietnam, and the Cold War, their ingratitude and jealousy was due to surface at some point in the near future anyway.
That is why France is a third-rate military power with a socialist
economy and a bunch of ***gots for soldiers. I additionally told him that America, being a nation of deeds and action, not words, would do whatever it had to do,
and France's support was only for show anyway. Just like in ALL NATO
exercises, the US would shoulder 85% of the burden, as evidenced by the
fact that the French officer was shopping in the American PX, and not
the other way around.
He began to get belligerent at that point, and I told him if he would like to, I would meet him outside in front of the Burger King and beat his ass in front of the entire Multi-National Brigade East, thus demonstrating that even the smallest American had more fight in him than the average Frenchman.
He called me a barbarian cowboy and walked away in a huff. With friends like these, who needs enemies?
Mary Beth Johnson LtCol, USMC

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