The Colbert Report

Season 3 Episode 123

Charlie Savage

Aired Weekdays 11:30 PM Oct 01, 2007 on Comedy Central
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Charlie Savage
Tonight Stephen welcomes Boston Globe reporter and author of Takeover: The Return of the Imperial Presidency and the Subversion of American Democracy, Charlie Savage
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      • Stephen: New York Mets, congragulations on your record breaking season. This is the Colbert Report!

      • Stephen: …because unfortunately war with Iran is still tonight's Word: Evitable. You know folks, when I look back on the months leading up to our invasion of Iraq, one thing is clear. (Ted Koppel should never wear a helmet) It seemed inevitable, thanks in no small part to the news media's crack reporting. (On crack) This time the press has been strangely hesitant to beat the war drums, but thankfully when it comes to Iran, while some news organizations asks why, FoxNews asks: why not? (Also their approach to fact checking) Last week Sean Hannity outlined what war with Iran might be like.

        [Video: Sean Hannity: Mission, Iran showdown. Regime targets: headquarters of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, key scientist and engineers, ruling Mullah's and high ranking officials.] [cuts to the Death Star exploding in Star Wars, then Ewoks dancing in Return of the Jedi]

        Stephen: And…hard not to be happy. And on Saturday Fox aired another fair and balanced investigation hosted by former Bush Iraq spokesman Dan Seymour.

        [Video: Dan Seymour: For Iran, the pursuit of the bomb and mass murder are already inseparable. The stakes are life and death…..Iran might have played a role in the September 11th attacks as well….Iran scares me right now more than anything else I've seen.]

        Stephen: The scariest thing he's ever seen! And he's looking at Joe Lieberman! But evidently these investigations aren't enough folks. According to a CNN poll only 33% of Americans would support military action against Iran, and I blame the hindsight huggers who keep pointing to the war in Iraq and saying: It could have been averted if we had just used diplomacy first and built international support through the UN. (Coalition of the rational) Well, in fact, that would not have averted it. Because according to an article in the Spanish newspaper El Pais, (Spanish for "The Pies) during a secret meeting in February of 2003, President Bush told Prime Minister Anzar that regardless of UN support, and despite telling Americans no decision had been made, quote: "We'll be in Baghdad by the end of March." And we were in Baghdad at the end of March. (Actually April 9, 2003) Close enough. And President Bush could keep that promise because back then war with Iraq seemed inevitable. But for the war with Iran, Fox can't do it alone and the American people have lost their stomach for war. (But oddly, not for Oreo Pizza) Now I think our only hope is that when it comes to Iran, the President will do the one thing that's still inevitable: (inevitable) whatever he wants.

        And that's the Word.

      • Stephen: Folks, you know sometimes I don't think Congress has America's best interest at heart. For example when they convene.

      • Stephen: Nation, I got to say, last week's democratic presidential debate really worried me. And not just because the leading candidates said they might cut and run from Iraq in 2013.

      • Stephen: Okay, okay, nothing wrong with having a prayer and the constitution in your pocket. You never know when you might want to cite the 19th amendment guaranteeing a woman's right to vote. Chicks dig it! Trust me guys, you will get gratified.

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