THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK: This was forwarded to me by a Russian friend and former grad school classmate:

“France has neither winter nor summer nor morals.
Apart from these drawbacks it is a fine country. France has usually been governed by prostitutes.” —Mark Twain

“I would rather have a German division in front of me than a French one behind me.” — General George S. Patton

“Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without your accordion.” –Norman Schwartzkopf

“We can stand here like the French, or we can do something about it.” —- Marge Simpson

“As far as I’m concerned, war always means failure” —Jacques Chirac, President of France

“As far as France is concerned, you’re right.”—Rush Limbaugh,

“The only time France wants us to go to war is when the German Army is sitting in Paris sipping coffee.” — Regis Philbin

“The French are a smallish, monkey-looking bunch and not dressed any better, on average, than the citizens of Baltimore. True, you can sit outside in Paris and drink little cups of coffee, but
why this is more stylish than sitting inside and drinking large glasses of whiskey I don’t know.” — P.J O’Rourke (1989)

“You know, the French remind me a little bit of an aging actress of the 1940s who was still trying to dine out on her looks but doesn’t have the face for it.” —John McCain, U.S. Senator from Arizona

“You know why the French don’t want to bomb Saddam Hussein? Because he hates America, he loves mistresses and wears a beret. He is French, people.” –Conan O’Brien

“I don’t know why people are surprised that France won’t help us get Saddam out of Iraq. After all, France wouldn’t help us get the Germans out of France!” —Jay Leno

“The last time the French asked for ‘more proof’ it came marching into Paris under a German flag.” –David Letterman

Next time there’s a war in Europe, the loser has to keep France.

Hmm. All I know is you’re in sad shape when Regis Philbin feels free to make fun of you.

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