Jon Stewart returned to The Daily Show last night and proved that the 12 week hiatus he took to direct his first film in the Middle East has not dulled his wit at all. He also took the time to prove, once again, that no one either on the right or the left is immune to that wit since he will gladly point out mistakes made by both.
He launched his segment talking about what seems to be an imminent attack by the U.S. on Syria due to the government’s apparent use of sarin gas on civilians during the current unrest in the country. Stewart then proceeded to skewer the President for, among other things, listening to the same “experts” who got it so wrong in Iraq, playing a stream of rapid fire clips of several of them calling for a strike against Assad.
He also pointed out the hypocrisy of being concerned about the method used to kill 1400 people when 100,000 have already died and there was no uproar from Washington calling for intervention until these few were killed, by “unacceptable” methods. And finished up by illustrating the absurdity of coming up with an attack plan that will really accomplish little just to prove that we are not a bunch of p*ssies.
This was the highlight of Jon’s first night back, but the show as a whole was a tribute to his talent for making us laugh at the least funny aspects of the news. John Oliver has been a perfect stand in–but it was good to see Jon back behind The Daily Show desk where he belongs.
Watch it, courtesy of Comedy Central: