Damage--Ranger--You guys are going way too far in the extreme here. Use some common sense gents. So are you telling me that you ACTUALLY support "freedom fries" and "freedom toast"? Give me a break. Do you want to tear down the Statue of Liberty and give it back too? Shit, while we're at it let's just give back the Luisiana Purchase! I mean we got that from Napolean.
What gophersex said was right: we very much owe the French for their help during the revolution. General Rochambeau who helped modernize our ragtag army in Valley Forge was a Frenchie. The French Navy ran a very successful blockade against the Brits keeping them from reinforcing themselves.
We always talk about bailing the French out in WW2. They didn't ALL just give up. They had a VERY powerful underground resistance. And while not one man on this board rates to question my patriotism I will be the first to say that we had a VERY distinct advantage in ALL these wars. There was a big fucking ocean seperating us. What did France have between them and Germany? NOTHING! There was no time to build up an army. Prior to 1942 the American military was EXTREMELY small and while we still would have beaten the Germans we would have REALLY played hell doing it.
Sure, the French are great to poke fun at. I mean look at their little berets! I certainly don't support the French stance on most anything these days, but you can't tell me that they are ALL evil little stinky wine sipping pansies. Some of you guys really need to grow up with your us vs. them attitudes.