Last week, National Security Adviser James Jones made a joke during a speech at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy that was conspicuously absent from the version of the remarks distributed to the media.
"In order to set the stage for my remarks I'd just like to tell you a story that I think is true. It happened recently in southern Afghanistan. A member of the Taliban was separated from his fighting party and wandered around for a few days in the desert, lost, out of food, no water. And he looked on the horizon and he saw what looked like a little shack and he walked towards that shack. And as he got to it, it turned out it was a little store own by a Jewish merchant. And the Taliban warrior went up to him and said, 'I need water, give me some water.' And the merchant said, 'I'm sorry, I don't have any water but would you like a tie. We have a nice sale of ties today.'"Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, has complained that the joke was "inappropriate."