Re: Letter from a Marine in Bosnia: (18 and over)

From: Fred Martin (
Date: Sun Feb 09 2003 - 03:55:33 PST

Thought maybe there might be some interest in passing this
along....don't know of the source, just passing along scuttlebutt.
Semper Fi! Hoorahhh!
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
> 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 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
> huff.
> 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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