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‘Daily Show’ on the ‘War Czar’

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Posted on Apr 14, 2007
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Jon Stewart and John Oliver riff on the administration’s plan to empower a war czar. Oliver explains that the position will occupy the gap between commander in chief, secretary of defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In other words: the blame.

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By boggs, April 16, 2007 at 6:46 pm Link to this comment

I think Condy would be a terrific war czar.
She is mean and her facial expressions show her vicious demeanor, If she should ever confront BinLaden he would immediately succumb to her torture.

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By Art, April 16, 2007 at 5:18 pm Link to this comment
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War Czar sounds so much like Drugs Czar and the war on terror has so many traits in common with the war on drugs.

It is unjust, costly and ineffective. It is never ending because the enemy is almost totally self-created.

The enemy is ill-defined and inadequately confronted. Terror is a method, you can’t declare war against a method. Tanks and aircraft are useless against suicide bombers. Drugs are everywhere and can be made of anything. You can’t lock up everybody to control everything.

The millions of lives wrecked and wasted. The incredible amount of money lost on destruction instead of building, on death instead of healing. Although many investors do make a healthy profit of course.

Both are disasters and millions are spent on Public Relations Lies to justify and perpetuate them.

The irrationality and callousness in all of it is breathtaking. It is all based on faith and assumptions. Common sense is so uncommon among politicians, as is decency.

What surprises me even more though is that so many people don’t see it.

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By Greetings, April 15, 2007 at 10:30 pm Link to this comment
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Clearly, this War President is now the greatest threat to our great USA.  We need a vision of Good Things.  Congress must stepup to the task.

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By DennisD, April 15, 2007 at 9:30 am Link to this comment
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It’s just our “Contractor-in-Chief” outsourcing another responsibility. It’ll free George up for what really matters, fund raising.

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By James Yell, April 15, 2007 at 7:51 am Link to this comment
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Hate to point this out but while Czar is a popular title banded about by people doing nothing constructive, but wanting to appear so and it would be no different in this case. I agree Bush is just trying to find someone else to hide behind.

George hopes to keep the war going until he gets out of office and then when the obvious need to bring the mess to an end, he will try to convince us that it is the new administrations fault. This man has never taken responsiblity for any thing he has messed up. The Saudi’s have cleaned up his messes before he became President. The image of him wandering around hand in hand, like a child with the Saudi grandfather should have told us that he has sold us out for profit.

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 15, 2007 at 5:04 am Link to this comment

Putin in Russia ans Ahmedinijad in Iran are having difficulties at home, too. Maybe they could just swap with Bush and Blair - no more elections necessary?!?!

*Toby has it right about Nancy Pelosi, though - she really understands “the art of war”! Went to Syria and is going to Iran to make a fool of Bush. When its all said and done (after the election), she will dump Israel as an ally and take up friendship with the Saudi king instead - just watch!

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By Toby, April 14, 2007 at 6:35 pm Link to this comment
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I nominate Nancy Palosi

Perfect for the job:
  Wants to share responsibility for the war
  Has close ties to Israel
  Has weighed in on global warming
Likes to travel
  And, seems vastly overqualified for her current   position

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By Quy Tran, April 14, 2007 at 4:53 pm Link to this comment
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All of this hierachy has to blamed accordingly ! The Commander-In-Chief was a draft dodger ! The Secretary of Defense did not know a bit of military process ! While Joints Chief Of Staff was included all sleeping brasses who only expect to move up through the death of their troops in all battle fields. If Joints Chief Of Staff was a little bit smart the war in Iraq could never drag on in this desperate situation.

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By Eric L. Prentis, April 14, 2007 at 10:38 am Link to this comment
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“Daily Show on the ‘War Czar,’” brings into sharp focus through witty satire the foolishness of President Bush trying to hang his Iraq war mistakes on a scapegoat. Only a true masochist will take the Iraq and Afghanistan War Czar job.

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By Douglas Chalmers, April 14, 2007 at 9:24 am Link to this comment

Ohh, how about a “war DESPOT”???

And Darth Vader has “body armor”!

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By Tom Doff, April 14, 2007 at 9:05 am Link to this comment
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What we really need is a ‘Presidential Czar’ to oversee and direct the activities of the Presidential Office, which is currently the most perverted, corrupt, distorted and needful-of-correction of all government functions.

In contrast to the paucity of candidates for the ‘War Czar’ opening, the ‘Presidential Czar’ position would enjoy a glut of applicants.

Besides the obvious ones jostling for ‘08, may I recommend Al Franken to solve the immediate problem?

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