Colbert just happy that 29 percent of Americans ‘know there’s a place called Syria’

By David Ferguson
Thursday, September 5, 2013 8:34 EDT
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On Wednesday night’s edition of “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert reflected on the fact that while only 29 percent of Americans surveyed support the idea of military intervention in Syria, that does mean that 29 percent of Americans know that the country exists at all.

“If you ask people, they know I’ve got a bug up my ass,” Colbert said. “And that’s not the only place.”

He said that he has been warning for years that President Barack Obama is a weak leader “and he has proven me right once again, damn my gift.”

Obama can’t even lead us to war against “military dictator and high school freshman trying to grow a mustache Bashar al-Assad.”

“As the world’s policeman, America has a moral imperative to blow some shit up,” Colbert explained, “but thanks to Obama’s limp leadership, that idea is going over like a turd falafel.”

According to a Pew Research poll, only 29 percent of Americans support the idea of military intervention in Syria while 48 percent oppose it.

“Now on the plus side, that means 29 percent of Americans know there is a place called Syria,” Colbert said, “but that’s not enough, folks.”

He said that Obama needs to do a better job of “selling” the idea of a new war. He translated the president’s approach as, “We don’t know what we want to do. We won’t do much and it doesn’t matter when we want to do it. Now, who’s with me?!”

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David Ferguson
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David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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