No not joking, and I am guessing you didn't read what the Admiral indicated, since one could wonder if things like scone jam cream ignorance tricks (using your example as an extreme hypothetical case) have been used to stay below the radar while extracting more intellectConsumed by China? You must be joking. I once observed a PLA type in Hong Kong (before it was handed back).
The guy was served scones (we call them muffins), jam and cream, a British tea time staple if ever there was one.
He ate the scone first. Then the jam. Then the cream. Solely. On their own. In that order .
With that sort of training, it'll be like a rerun of Desert Storm.