Monday on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart called on Republicans in Congress to put up or shut up on the handling of the Islamic State, noting that the criticism is “pure political calculation” designed to allow them to criticize the president no matter what the outcome is.
In the first part of the segment, Stewart discussed how Prime Minister James Cameron had called the British Parliament back into session to debate involvement of the British military in Iraq and Syria. He had fun with the dramatic oratory the British are so fond of, but noted that in the end they at least are debating the issue and not just complaining about what has been done while offering no alternatives.
Finally Stewart pointed out how absurdly weak John Boehner’s argument was that while Congress should have something to say about our approach to dealing with the Islamic State, now is not the right time “with a whole group of members who are on their way out the door.”
“Setting aside that thanks to incumbency favoring electoral practices roughly 90 percent of the members who are ‘on their way out the door’ in these mid-terms will be coming right back in through the door,” Stewart said. “And if your point is that these are ruthless barbarians who threaten our very existence and must be killed immediately, by the new Congress, which takes over in January, I mean is there someone who can perhaps lay out the cynical underpinnings for this position by our brave Congress?”
Representative Jack Kingston (R-GA) as it turns out had already answered the question:
“A lot of people would like to stay on the sidelines and say, ‘just bomb the place and tell us about it later.’ …It’s an election year. A lot of Democrats don’t know how it would play in their party, and Republicans don’t want to change anything. We like the path we’re on now. We can denounce it if it goes bad and praise it if it goes well and ask what took him so long.”
Watch the segment below from Comedy Central.