This morning Donald Rumsfeld's successor, Robert Gates was briefing the President in his office, reporting the news from Iraq.
"Mr. President, I'm sorry to tell you that three Brazilian soldiers were killed in Iraq last night."
To everyone's amazement, all of the colour ran from Bush's face, then he collapsed onto his desk, head in hands, visibly shaken, almost whimpering. Finally, he composed himself and asked Gates,
"Just exactly how many is a brazillion?"