Slow Joe Praises French Military Competence!

Seriously, has anyone other than me served with the French? I’d take a couple of middle school kids from Oz over grown Frenchmen any day of the week:

After a meeting today in Paris with the French president, Francois Hollande, Vice President Joe Biden praised “the incredible competence and capability” of the French military.

[…] And let me say again on behalf of the President, the people of the United States, we applaud your decisiveness and I might add the incredible competence and capability of your French military forces,” said Biden.

The vice president then told a story to illustrate the “competence and capability” of the French military.

“I often tell the story —[…] I asked my — the six Americans who I was standing with who they enjoyed standing most together with,” said Biden. “And one young man said, ‘the Tricolors, the French.’  And ‘they know how to shoot straight’ was his expression.  You have a brave and competent — and I say to the Minister of Defense — competent military.  And your decisive action is not only in the interest of France, but quite frankly the United States and everyone.”

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9 Responses to Slow Joe Praises French Military Competence!

  1. Roy Ryder says:

    I don’t know much about the modern French military, so I’ll keep my trap shut about that. However, what I do know is that the French (and pretty much all of Europe) rely on the the US for transportation and airpower (at least in Libya). A united Euroforce would be a much more powerful deterrent if they didn’t have to ride bicycles to combat.

    • notamobster says:

      The French are as capable as an 3rd world military. 🙂

      I have to admit that I am relying heavily on their reputation and the fact that the French I dealt with were unfriendly pricks. I always enjoyed the Aussies, Brits, & Scots. The French sucked. Even among the military, they are viewed in a similar light as training with the Brazilian Air Force. Ha!

  2. sortahwitte says:

    My experience with the french military was in 1970 in the mojave desert north of Twentynine Palms. They were deployed on joint action with us. Nobody on their side realized there were no barracks in the desert and it could get mighty cold. They slept in the back of a duece and a half and cried all night. I mean they really moaned, cried and whined. We had to move our area away from them so we could sleep.

  3. Greg B says:

    What I’ve heard is the frogs actually are kicking serious ass over in Mali. (I can’t believe I’m giving props to the French. )
    They’re killing islamofacist habibs in droves. And as of Saturday, they hadn’t lost a man.
    Granted, you know US & British Special Forces are lending a hand. I guarantee it.

  4. trebor snoyl says:

    New French rifles for sale, never fired and only dropped once.

  5. Locke n Load says:

    Ya sure Biden wasn’t confusing the french military with french toast? I mean really, french toast IS quite tasty and capable of shooting down early morning hunger pangs…

  6. sortahwitte says:

    Thanks LnL. I blew coffee all over my screen and keyboard.

  7. Rich says:

    An oldie but goodie:

    A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of officers that included personnel from most of the countries

    Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked “Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?”

    Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied “Maybe it’s because the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn’t have to speak German.”

    You could have heard a pin drop