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Posted: 12/9/2002 5:02:58 AM EDT
This was forwarded to me by an old Navy buddy who is on the V-22 Project. I thought it was rather humorous---with a good dose of truth included. I couldn't have said it any better! France Meets the USMC -- or -- A United States Marine in Bosnia A funny thing happened to me yesterday at Camp Bondsteel (Bosnia): 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 faggots 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
Link Posted: 12/9/2002 5:14:33 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/9/2002 5:14:52 AM EDT by FooBarBaz]
Urban legend. [url]http://www.snopes.com/military/marine.htm[/url] FooBarBaz
Link Posted: 12/9/2002 5:21:55 AM EDT
Oh well. It's a good piece of fiction anyway. The last line of it has a certain impact, does it not? Most "legend" has some basis in fact, and this one, in my opinion, is no different---urban legend or just legend.
Link Posted: 12/9/2002 5:21:56 AM EDT
Originally Posted By FooBarBaz: Urban legend. [url]http://www.snopes.com/military/marine.htm[/url] FooBarBaz
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Probably, but 100% on target in any case.
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