Re: [MV] [Fwd: Letter from a Marine in Bosnia:]

From: Steve Grammont (
Date: Sun Feb 09 2003 - 20:10:25 PST

I'd say this is most likely a fake. But it did give me a laugh :-)


>Felt like sharing'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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