The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Jodie Foster

Season 12, Ep 113, Aired 9/11/07
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  • Episode Description
  • Tonight, actress Jodie Foster promotes her new movie, The Brave One. Jon begins tonight's show reporting on the overly hyped Petraeus report on the progress made in Iraq in a segment called "Iraq Me Dave Petraeus". As Jon notes, Petraeus' testimony before the House had some mic problems. Petraeus also gave a disclaimer before officially testifying saying that he wrote the report himself and not the White House. But as Jon shows us in back to back clips, Petraeus and Bush essentially speak the same language. Resident Expert John Hodgman stopped by to talk with Jon about his keys to success and how Bush consistently redefines failure as success.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jon Stewart

    Host

  • John Hodgman

    Contributor

  • Jodie Foster

    Guest

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  • Quotes (3)

    • Jon Stewart: The General had a cautionary word for those who are impatient with the surge. General David Petraeus: (clip) Our experience in Iraq has repeatedly shown that projecting too far into the future is not just difficult, it can be misleading and even hazardous. Jon Stewart: Don't criticize the surge because no one can know what's going to happen, unless your talking about not sticking with the surge. General David Petraeus: (clip) A rapid withdrawal would result...in disintegration of Iraqi security forces...rapid deterioration of local security initiatives...al-Qaeda in Iraq regaining lost ground...a marked increase in violence...further ethno-sectarian displacement...and exacerbation of already challenging regional dynamics, especially with respect to Iran. Jon Stewart: (appears confused) But that's what happened when we went into Iraq. Wait a minute, going in is the same as leaving. My God it's a wormhole! No wonder we can't do it. It's a Moebius Strip. If you go in it's a disaster, if you leave it's a disaster, M.C. Escher, help me.

    • (Talking about guns) Jodie Foster: I just don't think that that kind of power should be in the hands of feeling human beings. Maybe robots or something. Jon: Yes! I saw RoboCop. What could go wrong?

    • John Hodgman: You probably know my best-selling book. It's called Are You On TV? No? Then Shut Up.

    Notes (1)

    • Moment of Zen: Clip of the Senate waiting for General Petraus' mic to be fixed.

    Allusions (1)

    • The lead-up to General Petraeus' report includes clips of a battle scene from Mel Gibson's 1995 film Braveheart.

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