[Fwd: Letter from a Marine in Bosnia:]

From: Fred Martin (mung@in-touch.net)
Date: Sun Feb 09 2003 - 03:43:01 PST

Felt like sharing this...it's military. Semper Fi!

Fred Martin
Don't worry bout the mule goin blind....just load the wagon!

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 provoke a war in Iraq.
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 [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 France's
support, if it ever came, was only for show anyway.

Just like in ALL NATO exercises, the US would shoulder
85% of the burden, and provide 85% of the support, as
evidenced by the fact that this French officer was
shopping in the American PX, and not the other way

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 whip 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

With friends like these, who needs enemies?

Dad, tell Mom I love her,

Your loving daughter,
Mary Beth Johnson
LtCol., USMC

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