A naval ship was going along in the middle of a dark night, when one of the lookouts calls the captain and says, “Captain, there's a light, dead ahead.”
The Captain radioed back to the lookout and said, “Signal them to change their course.”
The lookout replied, “Captain, they said for us to change course, 20 degrees.” The captain replied, “Tell them I'm a captain, and I told them to change their course.”
A few minutes later, the lookout responded, “Captain, he signaled back and and he said he is just a petty officer, but that we should change course.”
The Captain, by this time furious, told the signalman to relay to them that they are a U.S. Ship, and he is a Captain, and he is ordering them to change course immediately!
The signalman received another message from the mere petty officer which said, “I am at a lighthouse, and you should change course 20 degrees.”
The Captain quickly changed the course of the ship.
JG: After more than fifty 50 years of a failed U.S. embargo against Cuba and 20 consecutive years of nearly universal condemnation of the U.S. by the United Nations General Assembly, the U.S. ship of state [Titanic?] continues straight ahead with their foolish foreign relations policies. Will the ship of state hit the lighthouse in 2013 or will it change course?