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September 23, 2007

Jon Stewart In 1996 On US Foreign Policy

I dug up Jon Stewart's 1996 HBO special, and have snipped together the bits on America's propensity to bomb things—particularly Iraq. It's interesting for a bunch of reasons, and still pretty funny.

(Sorry, technical glitch. Hold on.)


Posted at September 23, 2007 02:17 PM | TrackBack

The more things change, the more they stay the same. It is instructive to remember who was president when this was recorded.

Posted by: Biff Usually at September 23, 2007 10:20 PM

Pfft. And who was running the house of reps. And who was pushing for the bombing (clue: it wasn't Hillary, the ACLU or greedy lawyers with their frivolous lawsuits).

Posted by: me at September 24, 2007 08:49 AM
And who was running the house of reps. And who was pushing for the bombing

Yes, certainly we've learned since then all about the immense power the Congress of the United States wields in foreign policy.

Posted by: Jonathan Schwarz at September 24, 2007 09:24 AM

This sent me in search of George Carlin's "bombin' brown people" routine. Couldn't find it on YouTube though. Has anybody seen it posted on the web somewhere?

Posted by: SteveB at September 24, 2007 10:56 AM

Stewert is awesome, if we were all going to the firing squad tomorrow, he could still make us laugh. Not a bad job of clipping you did, by the way, very cleanly done!

"If there's one thing America hates,
it's dictators in oil-rich states.
We shoot them with bullets, rockets and bombs
and watch it all on color television"

Posted by: Chuck Cliff at September 25, 2007 12:01 AM

"If you're brown, you're going down!" SteveB, I searched for "george carlin persian gulf" and found an interpretation at DiavoloDelCulo's "" and at tedbucks's "". Apparently, Carlin opened 1992's "Jammin' in New York" with this bit. There's also a newer take that mentions Dick (Cheney) and Colin (Powell); I think I read it in "Napalm and Silly Putty." Hope that helps. (And since this is my first comment: thanks for the great site, Mr. Schwarz.)

Posted by: LotF at September 25, 2007 03:54 AM

I actually find humor like this disturbing. When you start to consider the resources and attention paid to people like Stewart, in relation to our lack of involvement in stopping the war, it's fairly depressing. I quit laughing along a long time ago.

Think of it this way: Suppose you knew German and stumbled upon an old archive of a famous comedian making light of the Jewish rendition to "labor camps" in Poland. And the German crowd laughed along uproariously.

You can disregard this or get angry and call me humorless (I didn't come to this site by accident, I like Tomorrow's style) but perhaps you should consider rewarding yourself with political humor after a considerable day of activism. And I trust that most of you already do.

I wrote more on this in column form here:

Posted by: Sergei at September 29, 2007 05:32 AM

very funny
he's been talking about this for a long time
that's why he knows so much about it
alot more than those clowns who are running this war

Posted by: peter at September 29, 2007 08:41 AM