The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Season 12 Episode 111

Lt. Col. John Nagl

Aired Weekdays 11:00 PM Aug 23, 2007 on Comedy Central
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Lt. Col. John Nagl
Tonight, one of the military's staff who helped write the Counterinsurgency Field Manual, Lt. Col. John Nagl. Jon first reports on President Bush, who goes over a list of America's past wars to gain support for the Iraq War in a segment called "War Wars". Bush has also apparently changed his mind and is now comparing Iraq to Vietnam, saying that America's mistake was not starting the Vietnam War, but ending it. Senior Political Correspondent Aasif Mandvi reviews Bush's speech from Crawford TX talking about the potential benefits of prolonging the Vietnam War. For instance, Bush would have prolonged his college career to avoid being sent over to Vietnam and would have become a smarter man. Another added benefit, the splendor that would be the Vietnam Memorial, which could be seen from space as it stretches from D.C. to Times Square with the names of the victims. Finally, Senior Baghdad Correspondent Rob Riggle files his final report from Iraq in a segment called "Operation Thundering Cameltoe". Riggle reviews some of the highlights of his visit by writing a letter to his mom. Riggle's favorite part of the trip, shooting different kinds of machine guns into the sand.moreless

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    Aasif Mandvi

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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Jon Stewart: Thundering Cameltoe?
        Rob Riggle: We're starting to let the Iraqis come up with the names. That one loses something in the translation. In Arabic, though, it's very scary.

      • Lt. Col. J. Nagl: If I could sum up the book Counterinsurgency Field Manual in just a few words it would be: Be polite, be professional, be prepared to kill. So one of the... audience laughs
        Jon Stewart: Yeah, I mean no it's are right...
        Lt. Col. J. Nagl: You live in New York it's a good rule for here too.
        Jon Stewart: You've been on the subway!

      • Jon Stewart: How much of that insurgency is Al Qaida and how much Sunni, how much is it...
        Lt. Col. Nagl: Oh, that's classified Jon! I could tell you but...
        Jon Stewart: Giggles No, no, no you've got to tell me.
        Lt. Col. Nagl: No.. ., I've got to tell you?
        Jon Stewart: Yeah.
        Lt. Col. Nagl: Makes a very serious face Hmm, 7.3%.
        Jon Stewart: Are you kidding?
        Lt. Col. Nagl: Yes.
        Jon Stewart: Burst out laughing You know you really don't expect a sense of humor coming out of you, I got to say! And when you get it, it's very effective.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Moment of Zen: Clip of President Bush talking about how amused he is by the differences between reality and what some people talk on the news about, finding the distinctions quite comical.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

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