The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Season 12 Episode 110

Sen. Barack Obama

Aired Weekdays 11:00 PM Aug 22, 2007 on Comedy Central
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Sen. Barack Obama
Tonight, presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama. Jon begins tonight reporting on the impatience President Bush is trying to quell about the Iraq War and the concerns over the Iraqi Parliament's vacation time in August due to the 130 degree heat in Iraq. Jon goes to Senior Baghdad Correspondent Rob Riggle who's in Iraq in a segment called "Operation Macho Kick-Ass". Riggle shows us some clips of American troops wishing the Iraqi Parliament a good vacation as they do menial tasks around Iraq. Finally, Jon reports on the complex intricacies that is American foreign policy in a segment called "America To The Rescue". For example, invading Iraq has strengthened Iran, creating fear in Saudi Arabia, leading to the U.S. selling $20 billion of weapons to the Saudi's, thus intimidating the Israeli's who are afraid of Hamas which is supported by the Saudi's, causing the U.S. to increase military aid to Israel by 25% or $30 billion over 10 years. This smart foreign policy experience is nothing new. As Jon shows us from back in 1990, the U.S. helped liberate Kuwait, which was invaded by Iraq, who was armed by the U.S. to fight Iran, leading also to American troops being stationed in Saudi Arabia to alleviate fears that Saddam might strike there, pissing off Osama bin Laden, who was fighting the Russians in Afghanistan with weapons given to him by the U.S.moreless

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  • A classic episode, the "America to the Rescue" bit alone was absolutely priceless.

    This is a great example to see why Jon Stewart's Daily Show is such a wonderful show. Particularly good was the sharp focus from beginning to end on US foreign policy with regard to the Middle East. Even the Barack Obama interview was tied in nicely. The highlight of this outstanding episode was the section the two preceding segments about Iraq had been leading up to: "America to the Rescue". Jon Stweart's delivery of the history of the US funding virtually all of the sides (including current and former enemies) in the Middle East conflict was simply awesome. This could serve as a good cure to the kind of memory loss in the media, the public and even (or in particular?) the US administration.moreless
  • Jump starting America's short term memory...

    Great episode all around. Riggle continues his Iraq segment. I'm not the biggest fan of this but if it brings exposure to the trials and tribulations of those in teh area, then it's fine. Stewart then does a bit on "America to the Rescue" in which he points out America's foreign policy mistakes and, to be honest, the short term memory of the media and the American consciousness. This is why Stewart fans watch. He never fails to point out the obvious or the "truth." Some may call it comedy news but those who watch know just how much value the show holds. Obama's stint on the show was equally impressive as he continues to wow those who listen. I've been on the fence between the candidates. Maybe those on this forum who are more politically suavvy could school me here but the quabbles and infighting in the media are just annoying and I'm growing increasingly disillusioned. I hoped...hoped...that things could change with a changing of the guard. Now, I wonder. Nonetheless, the flame of hope was's barely there...with this episode.moreless

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