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Monday, April 26, 2010

Video: National Security Adviser tells anti-Semitic joke

Here's President Obama's National Security Adviser James Jones telling an anti-Semitic joke.

Let's go to the videotape (Hat Tip: Breitbart).

This is supposed to be one of our neutral negotiators. And he's telling jokes depicting Jews as greedy merchants.

Anyone wonder why no one in Israel trusts this administration?

What if Jones had told a joke like that about blacks? What do you think would have happened?


At 8:01 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

It's just stupid, considering he only mentioned the fact that it was a Jewish merchant once. He could have left it at a "merchant" without specifying Jewish, and it would have been fine.

At 8:21 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Also, did you notice that, even though the merchant is a "Jewish merchant" in Afghanistan, Gen. Jones has him forgiving the Taliban guy for insulting "my country". The Taliban guy insulted Israel, not the guy's country, Afghanistan.

I've read a couple of bios of Gen. Jones that say that, while he was born in Kansas City, he "spent his formative years" until age 18 when he left for university in the U.S. in FRANCE. His mom's name and background are not mentioned in any bio, so I guess he is motherless.

His bio:

His dad's bio (lots of time in Africa):

At 8:24 PM, Blogger MUSLIM CONSERVATIVE said...

this is pretty unforgivable and tasteless

At 8:50 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

What can you say about an Israeli government that has no self-respect that it obeys these people's orders to discriminate against Jews without protest?

Sorry, if I don't have much sympathy for what Netanyahu and his ministers are doing while Obama's aides can make sick jokes about Jews and they are silent about it... no they are complicit with it.

At 8:52 PM, Blogger Andre (Canada) said...

How DARE you imply that anyone in a Democrat Administration is a racist???
We all know that when they tell an anti-Jewish joke, or call NY Heimi-town (Jackson), or are part of the KKK (Sen. Byrd),it is quaint, cute and defensible.
If a Republican does it, then we all know that letting it pass would be like opening the Nazi flood gates that the "progressive" have been keeping shut.
Do I need to even say /sarc???

At 10:49 PM, Blogger Eliana said...

General Jones started out his joke by saying that he believed it was true. Given that the Jewish population of Afghanistan has been exactly ONE for the last several years (and it was only TWO when the U.S. went to war in Afghanistan shortly after 9/11 and they weren't brothers) -- it's really only the sentiment of the joke that's true for a lot of people.

It's not the worst joke I've ever heard but the idea of warming up an audience by getting them to laugh at a negative portrayal of Jews in a business situation is more than just a cheap shot.

Considering that he's providing training and weapons to people who are more likely to use these assets to murder Jews than fellow terrorists takes it way beyond the point of General Jones being crass and insensitive.

At 11:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

really dont get racial jokes that dont need to be racial

had he left out the ethnicity of the merchant, this couldve easily been construed as an anti taliban joke

At 12:42 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Carl.
I do agree that he should have left out the ethnicity of the merchant,but on the other hand i think it also shows not "Greed" but the fact that the Jewish merchand was a lot smarter then the Taliban.
And that might have been a compliment to the Jewish people it's what the media made out of it .
Not the general is the enemy but the climate in the U.S. towards Israel.

At 9:39 PM, Blogger Rachel said...

I agree with Will. I thought the joke made the Taliban look stupid and us look smart. I thought it was a funny joke and not anti-Semitic.

That being said, anyone who hasn't been locked in a cellar for the past 20 or 30 years knows you don't make ethnic jokes in a public forum, precisely because someone out there is sure to be offended. Given the anti-Israel bias of the present administration, I am frankly paranoid enough to wonder if telling such a joke was meant to send a message.

The important thing to focus on and try to do something about is the policies. Just my two cents.


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