France meets the USMC, or, at least a typical Marine Lieutenant Colonel in Bosnia

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Riskmanager, Oct 4, 2003.

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    "A funny thing happened to me yesterday at Camp Bondsteel. 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 of 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 partially 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 full view 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?"

    Lovely; since I'm from Bosnia myself and I've therefore experienced French foreign policy, I can only salute that Lieutenant.

    Oh, and about 3 years after the 'civil'-war ended there my cousin commented on US soldiers: "You know", he said, "the americans are quite different from the others; when they hear some local dork offend him, they go straight to that guy and slap him" :D