Jon Stewart: Republicans think ‘freedom magic’ is key to U.S. adventure in Syria

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 0:19 EDT
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On his show Tuesday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart slammed Republicans for offering a convoluted plan to intervene in the two-year-old Syrian civil war.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) has insisted the United States needs to intervene because the country had never sat back and allowed innocent civilians to be killed by dictatorial regimes.

“Thank you,” Stewart said sarcastically. “Well, obviously except for, you know, Rwanda, and Darfur, and Bosnia, and Cambodia — point taken. We as America have never let something like that happen before — in Syria with this particular Assad.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-KY) has called on the United States to provide arms to the Syrian rebels. But he warned the United States should only arm the “right” rebels and not extremists.

“Maybe we can do background checks,” Stewart joked, poking fun at the senator’s stubborn opposition to the gun law.

Graham also said the United States would be engaged in two wars. The first war to bring down Syrian strongman Assad and a second war to defeat Islamic extremists. All of this would need to be conducted without any U.S. troops actually on the ground in Syria or as Stewart put it, conducted via “freedom magic.”

“A little more complicated than the good old days, isn’t it fellas?” Stewart remarked. “Back when you could just invade a country because a guy named ‘Curve ball’ told you there were mobile biological weapons laboratories in Iraq. It’s as though that little misadventure made all of us a little more cautious as to what constitutes the crossing of a red line.”

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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