Stephen Colbert returned from his two-week hiatus last night and opened with a cutting critique of John Oliver and his English accent, before moving on to criticize the Obama administration for its clumsy handling of the escalation of the war with Syria.

"I don't 'sprechen sie Italiano," he said, "but while I was overseas, I couldn't really get much of the news. But from what I could make out, President Obama wanted to drop Miley Cyrus on Damascus. Which, correct if I'm wrong, I believe is a war crime."

He went on to ridicule the administration for its objection to the use of chemical weapons on his own people, noting that "before, [Assad] was just killing them with bullets. Because if America was concerned with shooting people, we'd be invading Chicago."

Watch the entire video via Comedy Central below: