Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made an unfortunate joke that didn’t seem to go over very well with his audience during a Q&A session following a speech during the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He'd been discussing the potential U.S. negotiations with the Taliban in Afghanistan when he decided to take another question from the crowd. Spotting a man in the back of the room, Hagel asked, “you’re not a member of the Taliban, are you?”

He got his answer. “Mr. Secretary, I’m Robin Gandhi, I’m an assistant professor at UNO.” According to his faculty page on the university’s website, Robin A. Gandhi, Ph. D. is an assistant professor of Information Assurance: