There was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and Americans, shortly after a coffee break, one of the French engineers came back into the room saying sarcastically “Have you heard the latest dumb thing Bush has done’
He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims — What does he intended to do, bomb them ?”
A Boeing engineer standing nearby replied in a measured tone:
“Our carriers have three hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry a number of helicopters which can be used in transporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck.
We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?”
You could have heard a pin drop.