Jon Stewart Slams Syrian Red Line, Begs Cable News 'Idiot Parade' to 'Shut the F*ck Up'
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September 3, 2013 - Despite hoping for better news to cover on his first day back, Jon Stewart tackled the impending military strikes in Syria on Tuesday night. He wrung some humor out of the grim and foreboding situation, mocking the idea of a "red line" on chemical weapons and the cable news "idiot parade" lining up behind potential strikes. Stewart reminded viewers of of all the previous times U.S. presidents have made the case for war based on use of chemical weapons, and noted the arbitrariness of taking action after chemical weapons have been used and not after thousands and thousands of Syrians Stewart summed up arguments for strikes as "We have to bomb Syria because we're in 7th grade!" and advising the "idiot parade" (including Donald Rumsfeld and Bill Kristol) to just "shut the fuck up."