Last night on the Daily Show, Jon Stewart tackled the subject of the waning popularity of the U.S. around the world, beginning with the further straining of our relationship with Pakistan in light of the latest reports by human rights organizations, which say that there have been many more civilian deaths in drone strikes than previously reported.
He begins by saying, “Oh, sorry Pakistan, I didn’t know you didn’t like your citizens being sky-sassinated on the whims of a foreign super power, we thought you were cool.”
Stewart then played a news clip saying that the Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is now at the White House for his very first face to face with President Obama, prompting Stewart to say, “Awkward…Boy that’s the sort of meeting when you really need old Bo in the room, you know what I mean, something else to talk about.”
Going on, he says that John Kerry is much luckier since he is visiting our ally, France, remarking on how good his timing was to be out of the country right now. Apparently the French have taken exception to the NSA having spied on millions of French citizens.
Okay, Jon admits we are spying on France “but it’s not like we’re spying on our other allies.” Oops, the Germans are mad at us too, it seems that we have been tapping Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone as well.
After saying that the White House has some explaining to do, a clip of Jay Carney comes up with him giving his assurance that the President has given his word to the Chancellor that we are not and will not monitor her in any way.
Jon of course points out that he did not say that we had not monitored her communications.
Once more Jon attempts to put a period at the end of the sentence saying “Okay, so Pakistan, France and Germany may have a few tiny reasons to be mad at us. We can come back from this.” Or can we?
Next up, Mexico where they are angry that the NSA hacked into the former Mexican President’s email account.
Apparently it still does not end, the President of Brazil cancelled a planned trip to the U.S. after it was reported that the NSA had also spied on her personal communications.
Expressing his outrage that these nations are all upset because we send drone attacks against them and spy on them, Stewart asks, “Have you met us? Meddling in your affairs for our national self interest is kind of our thing. What part of everything we have done since the Monroe Doctrine don’t you get? I mean, bugging your phones is pretty weak tea for us…Besides, if it makes you feel any better, our government isn’t doing anything to you that they ain’t doing to us.”
Watch the entire segment in the videos below.