I can't believe the nonsense this thread has been sputtered with. I can't believe powerdoc has been able to keep his calm in front of all the ridiculous rhetoric used here. I can't believe the arrogance I'm seeing here...
[quote] Pull your head out of you own ass and realize that France is useless. We DO NOT need them for anything at all. And they don't like it. <hr></blockquote>
:eek: that's quite probably why France loaned its intelligence sattelites to the US during the Gulf War... wow, I've seen the US's telecommunications infrastructure, and you need all the help you can get from us, believe me... The US' intelligence services aren't even capable of providing non-outdated maps to your bombers... oops, there goes the chinese embassy... The US' SWAT teams are trained according to RAID training methods. Hell the US is suffering an energy crisis in the 21st century. The very protocol you're using to post this nonsense was created in Switzerland. You're a joke, buddy.
[quote] France needs to worry about selling defective Airbus Industrie products to the US.
If they continue handle foreign policy like they build aircraft, God help them
I hold a pilot's certificate and fly an aerobatic American Champion Aircraft Super Decathlon.
I know the reality of turning the fan off, so go pound some pebbles up your ass with a pick axe, ground dweller.<hr></blockquote>
Wow, you must be such a competent engineer then... These claims are so ridiculous it's not even funny anymore. No planes are perfect, and when Boeings or DC-10's reliability is questionned, it has nothing to do whatsoever with the engineering. Care to point me to the number of fatal accidents this has caused?
So much ignorance. So much arrogance.
This reminds me of legends in the US about the Concorde... The FAA just couldn't handle not having its own supersonic jet, so it just forbid the Concorde from flying supersonic over American airspace...
[quote] Back from whence ye came, MacMonkey!
Leave the frenchman alone.<hr></blockquote>
And? I hope the point you're trying to make is not that france is an anti-semit country, because race-problems are an order of magnitude more frequent AND violent in the US than anywhere in France... I seem to recall afro-americans being town behing pull-up trucks for over 50 miles, their body parts scattered across the way. And of course the KKK just doesn't exist anymore. wow...
[quote] It's kind of silly to simply ignore his pespective just because it conflicts with yours. Yes, I would say competition between our 2 systems also exposed key weaknesses of the USSR. Others (Gorbachev in particular) have maintained that it was Reykavik that signaled the beginning of the end. But words matter too and Reagan's words mattered a lot.<hr></blockquote>
I'm quite sure after hearing a mediocre-actor-turned-president's speech, Gorbachev just went "oh boy, they're right, we ARE evil, let's just implode"...
There were thousands of factors involved in the fall of the USSR, Reagan's speech most definitely was not one of them.
Making great speeches about the "Evil Axis" does get people all dandy and stuff. It does however convienently omit to say where the Axis came from.
The US's foreign policy is what got it where it is today in the first place. Bin Laden was trained and funded by the CIA. Most bilogical weapons in Irak today were graciously given by the US during the Iran-Irak war to get rid of Iran, along with the scientists. Most weapons the taliban used were given by the US at some point or another.
But of course all this is conveniently forgotten. The US is the center of the world. The US rules the world. The American president is not even capable of being elected with a clear vote, let alone be a competent president...
Perhaps instead of being so egocentric and completely estranged to the world's geo-political equilibrium, you guys should start educating yourselves about what goes on OUTSIDE the US... Try opening your eyes and not be so confident that you are superior to everybody else... Try realizing that every action has a reaction, and that two 767s didn't crash into the WTC just for the sake of it. Arrogance is what killed so many people in the first place. The US' foreign policy has no political agenda. It is a financial maneuver. What happened in Afghanistan would have happened sooner or later, there were important pipelines to be built. The world doesn't revolve around the US. Deal with it.