A Little Talmudical Exegesis on Jones's Jewish Joke

Goldblog reader Jeffrey Bergman writes:

Not a bad joke at all.  Because the thirsty man is identified as a Talib, an enemy of the U.S., and presumably an anti-Semite on top of it, the Jewish brothers are clever and righteous.  If the thirsty man had been a Christian (as I suspect he was the first time the General heard the joke), then the Jews would have been cruel and greedy (as well as clever), and I wouldn't be laughing.  Would you?
But yes, please give General Jones a break.  No one is hiring him as a comedian -- let's worry about how he does his day job.