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:

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


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