Tempest in a teapot: Johnny Carson's big mouth

From http://www.snopes.com :

Acknowledgement to the Mikkelsons and the Urban Legend website for this one.
Isn’t this an indiscreet thing for Carson to do? I don’t recall that the U. S. Military asked him to butt in. It sounds like another illustration of the maxim from the book of James, “Well, the tongue is a fire…”
Any agreement?

Johnny said this on Feb.1? Has the signal been bouncing around the ether for (how many?) years?

Oh, checked Snopes, was way back in 1991.

Indiscreet to tell a joke that makes fun of the intelligence of one’s enemies? I would think it would be generally standard practice among all nations in any war.

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