National Security Adviser, General James Jones is not known as a friend of Israel, as he has willingly taken the lead in demanding concessions from Israel and demanded nothing discernible from the Palestinians. But I didn’t know, until recently, that he is an anti-Semite.
At a speech to the Washington Institute For Near East Policy, a think tank started by AIPAC, he started with a joke about a Taliban militant lost in the desert who happens on a store run by a Jew and asks for water. The Jew offers to sell him a necktie but no water, saying that he can get water at a restaurant a couple of miles further. The punchline is when the Taliban comes back to buy the tie saying the Jew’s brother won’t let him in the restaurant without one. The 2 minute joke is on the video.
No need to overthink this and ask why the Taliban and the Jew are seemingly engaging in commerce. The bottom line is that the Jews are crafty and screw people in business, and we can all laugh at the stupid Taliban who has to buy the tie to get water.
Not surprisingly, the White House left the joke off the transcript linked above and their video of the speech.
How quickly would Jones have to resign if he told a joke that played on blacks being athletic or entertaining ? That’s how quickly he should resign over this.
UPDATE: Jones has issued an apology.
I wish that I had not made this off the cuff joke at the top of my remarks, and I apologize to anyone who was offended by it. It also distracted from the larger message I carried that day: that the United States commitment to Israel’s security is sacrosanct.
Politico’s Ben Smith reports that White House spokesman Robert Gibbs added that “the White House had “no intention to deceive” in leaving the remarks off a transcript off the event.” Regardless of whether that is true, I have to agree with Commentary’s Jen Rubin that “what is said and done in this White House with regard to Israel would not be said or done in virtually any other administration.”