Vive la Liberté! Vive la France!
restaurant menus in the three House office buildings will change
the name of "French fries" to "freedom fries."
And "French toast" will be known as "freedom toast."
culinary rebuke stems from anger over the French refusal to support
the U.S. position on Iraq.
action today is a small, but symbolic effort to show the strong
displeasure of many on Capitol Hill with the actions of our so-called
ally, France," said
Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, the chairman of the Committee on House Administration.
fries? To me it seems a bit strange that the word freedom is used
in an effort to taunt the French. After all, the American war for
independence would most certainly not have been won without a helping
hand from France. French soldiers and sailors, not to mention French
supplies and money, were of crucial importance for the American
Yorktown. After an unsuccessful Carolina campaign General Cornwallis
moved into Virginia. His lieutenant, the feared Banastre Tarleton,
engaged American forces under the marquis de LaFayette as the British
retreated down the York peninsula. Cornwallis fortified Yorktown.
A French fleet under Admiral de Grasse arrived from the West Indies,
blockaded Chesapeake Bay, and defeated the British naval forces.
The reinforcement of LaFayette by 3,000 French troops under St.
Simon dissuaded Cornwallis from attempting a breakout.
Washington and General Rochambeau headed south. On September 14
they reached Williamsburg and joined LaFayette. They learned of
De Grasse’s success, and that the British naval force had withdrawn,
leaving Cornwallis without immediate support. An overwhelming French-American
force had gathered and Cornwallis tried to escape, but failed. On
October 17, 1781, he asked for surrender terms, which he accepted
two days later. The war did not end there, but the allies had won
a decisive victory in the struggle for American independence,
contribution of the Expédition Particulière the
French expeditionary force sent to support the American Revolution was essential for the American-French victory at Yorktown. The
Expédition Particulière included approximately 5,500
600 Frenchmen lost their lives in the campaign of 1781, including
the Yorktown siege and the naval battle known as the Second Battle
of the Virginia Capes. Their
names are listed on a bronze plaque at the base of the Yorktown
600 Frenchmen died in the fight for America’s freedom. They are
now, it seems, forgotten.
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lives in Sweden. His
website is ONE
IS A CROWD.
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