Al Madrigal of The Daily Show mocked an anti-Islam conservative activist on Thursday night amid a report on the M1 Abrams tank.
More than 100 members of Congress have called on the Pentagon to build 300 more of the massive tanks at a cost of $3 billion. But the Army has said it has no need for them.
“Well, we need more tanks for the simple reason that we may have to use them,” conservative author Alan Caruba explained.
Retired Major General Paul Eaton disagreed emphatically. He noted the U.S. military already had 3,000 tanks “sitting in a boneyard near Reno,” causing Madrigal to wonder if Nevada had ever been attacked.
“To my knowledge, Nevada has never been attacked,” Eaton replied.
But Caruba insisted the United States needed more tanks. There was, according to Caruba, a risk the U.S. would need to launch a ground invasion of Africa because of the high population of Muslims living on the continent.
“Their religion requires them to wage jihad,” he explained. “If you are a Muslim, you better be out there jihading away.”
Caruba was surprised to learn the United States was actually selling its excess tanks to Muslim countries, but after a moment of reflection he rationalized the sale. “Good. They are our allies — in some respects,” he said.