The USS Comfort, pictured above, is a hospital boat deployed by the US Navy to aid civilians in places of war or natural disaster. Its mission goes beyond just healing the sick, as it is also an example of medical diplomacy, a form of soft power. This persuasion is openly acknowledged. Giving foreign aid is often much more than simply a kind gesture to humanity, it is also an expression of power. For better or worse, aid is an important form of diplomacy.