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‘Colbert Report’ Invades Iraq

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Posted on Jun 9, 2009

Stephen Colbert, in a hilarious outfit, reports from one of Saddam Hussein’s old palaces in Baghdad to the men and women of the U.S military. Watch him cheer up the troops à la Bob Hope and hear John McCain’s shout-out to the soldiers. 

Watch the full episode here or choice clips below.

Intro and message from John McCain:

Colbert declares victory:

Basic training:


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Barack Obama orders Gen. Ray Odierno to give Colbert a haircut:

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By ardee, June 12, 2009 at 4:46 pm Link to this comment

Russian Paul, June 11 at 2:28 pm

I missed that latest show, the lure of the open road and my newly improved ( screaming eagle 211 cams) Harley were too much to resist…Do you think that the negativity you find in Colbert’s show is the result of Army censorship or directive? He did start our pretty darn well on th efirst show.

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By Russian Paul, June 11, 2009 at 11:28 am Link to this comment

Where were the subtleties yesterday when he interviewed the puppet, deputy prime minister, Barham Salih, who kept thanking the troops for coming and “saving his country.” Or that leuitenant that came by later? Those were the dullest interviews he has given yet.

I am not giving up on Colbert, his satire runs too deep, he is too intelligent, and I think he has his reasons for doing this, but his show has definitely been dumbed down for the troops, anyone who watches his program regularly would notice that.

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By entactogen, June 11, 2009 at 10:07 am Link to this comment
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I too seem to be too dense to get the “subtleties” of the severe criticism Colbert expressed while laughing and joking with this nice, fatherly bald man. I guess I
was too distracted by trying to imagine how that circus would look like to the population of a country with 1 million+ dead people, 5 million refugees, tens of thousands of tortured prisoners, widespread radioactive contamination etc.

Could somebody please resurrect Bill Hicks and George Carlin? Thanks in advance.

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By tomack, June 11, 2009 at 8:26 am Link to this comment

Absolutely right, after all, they are human, and humans like to laugh. Every member of the armed forces are not pro-war, republican, right wing, or otherwise—they are as mixed as the civilian population is(or almost so).

I am an anit-war Democrat and have always been so, but I served four years in the Navy. My uncle was as liberal as they come and was a highly decorated Marine in WW2 and Korea.

That’s that.

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By ardee, June 11, 2009 at 3:53 am Link to this comment

For Dar:

What is it that you do not get? Have you ever been stationed overseas, hungry for something, anything, to relieve the boredom? OK so its no crime not to have been there. Lets speak to the way the left has been vilified, untruthfully, as not supporting our troops. What better way to show support than to go there and entertain them? Excepting of course by supporting them best and working to get them home!

Cobert has balls as big as trash cans, in my opinion, for speaking to the lies and hypocracies of that war while General Odierno wielded hair clippers right beside him! Did you fail to note how the troops applauded each of his criticisms?

I , for one, applaud Colbert for doing this.

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By paul bass, June 11, 2009 at 12:36 am Link to this comment
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i like how the whole thing felt like it was censored for elementary school kids.
i guess the men and women who choose to kill for pay cant take any criticism.

Steven Colbert you have officially been warned, i don’t mind to much corporate sell outs, but not to the government. lets not forget
volunteer to kill for pay = mercenary.

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By Dar, June 10, 2009 at 9:40 pm Link to this comment
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I don’t get “anti-war” celebrities who nevertheless go to Iraq (uninvited by the Iraqies) to entertain the same troops fighting the same war they supposedly are against.

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By clark, June 10, 2009 at 7:36 pm Link to this comment
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Thank you Nadine.

Good luck.

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By ardee, June 10, 2009 at 3:52 am Link to this comment

As counterpoint to Clark’s view I would note that I watched this program last evening with glee and did not, as apparently did Clark, fail to note the subtleties.

If ones goal is to make changes then ones obligation is to work in ways that will reach that goal. This first show was a good beginning in my opinion.

I was especially heartened by the reaction of the troops to Colbert’s pointed criticisms of our continued presence in Iraq and his jabs at policy.

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By Clark, June 10, 2009 at 2:20 am Link to this comment
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Note to self.

Dude, get a life or, at least, a new hobby.

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By Nadine, June 9, 2009 at 11:53 pm Link to this comment
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You’re not dense, I feel the same.
What’s next? Water boarding competition?
The Times are a changing…

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By Chainsaw Demon, June 9, 2009 at 11:38 pm Link to this comment
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I mean you cannot really expect anything “radical” from anybody in the mainstream media. I just watch Colbert for a quick laugh.

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By Clark, June 9, 2009 at 4:23 pm Link to this comment
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I guess I’m dense.
It seems to me that Stephen Colbert’s body has been snatched and his often brilliant and amazingly courageous satire has been replaced with a compliant cheerleader’s effusion.
I found myself wondering today if anyone would hold a memorial service for the death of this once great satirist.
How fondly I remember his standing next to Bush and brilliantly skewering the vapid press corps and Bush for their deadly inane arrogance!
Now, he is Obama’s pet!
Same inexcusable war, but now it is supposed to be funny?
I am deeply saddened by this loss.
The comparison to Bob Hope says it all.

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