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downundergrl
03-20-03, 05:40 AM
Dear Dad,
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 provake a war in Iraq. He said if such a thing happens we wouldnt be able to count on the support of Franch.I told him that it didnt surprise me.Since we had come to Frances rescue in World War 1,World War II,Vietnam, and the Cold War, their ingratitude and jealousy was due to surface (again) at some point in the near future anyway. I also told him that is why France is a third rate military power with a socialist economy and a bunch of pansies 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 Frances support if it ever came,was only for show anyway. Just like in ALL NATO exericses. the US would shoulder 85% of the burden and prove 85% of the support,as evidenced by the fact that this French officer was shopping in the American PX, and not the other way around. He begun to get belligerent at this point, and I told him if he would like to , I would meet him outside in front of the Burger King and whip his ass in front of the entire Mulit National Brugade 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?
Dad, tell Mum I love her.

Your loving daughter,
Mary Beth Johnson Lt Col., USMC