Lady and the Troops

  • Aired:  02/14/12
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The Pentagon opens frontline combat positions to women, but Rick Santorum worries over the effect female troops will have on their male counterparts. (3:15)

>> Jon: WELCOME TO "THE DAILY

SHOW."

MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

GOOD SHOW FOR YOU TONIGHT.

OUR GUEST, OH, SO APROPOS.

RICKEY JER VASE.

YOU KNOW WHY?

VALENTINE'S DAY.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

(LAUGHTER)

BY THE WAY, THAT'S NOT THE ONLY

TREAT CUPID'S GOT FOR THE FAIRER

SEX.

OH, NO, DON'T!

DON'T.

YOU DESERVE THIS.

LADIES?

>> AMERICA'S WOMEN IN UNIFORM

MAY SOON HAVE NEW RULES ON THE

BATTLEFIELD.

THE PENTAGON TODAY CHANGED ITS

RULES TO GIVE WOMEN JOBS IN MORE

FORWARD POSITIONS, CLOSER TO THE

FRONT LINES.

>> Jon: DO YOU LIKE IT?

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

THAT'S RIGHT, LADIES, FRONT LINE

COMBAT ROLES, TRY IT ON!

THE HELMET'S SUPPOSED TO BE

SNUG.

ALL US GUYS THOUGHT IT WAS A

PRETTY SWELL IDEA.

YOU'VE EARNED IT.

WELL, ALMOST ALL US GUYS.

>> I DO HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT

WOMEN IN FRONT-LINE COMBAT.

>> Jon: OH, WHAT A SURPRISE.

PRINCE VON STICK UP HIS ASS.

(LAUGHTER)

SORRY, THAT WAS NOT FAIR.

THAT WAS CRASS.

I APOLOGIZE.

THE MAN'S A FORMER SENATOR, HAS

EXPERIENCE HANDLING MILITARY

ISSUES.

LET'S GO RIGHT TO THE PENTAGON

AND ASK.

WHY DID YOU DO THIS?

>> I'VE SEEN WOMEN IN COMBAT

PERFORM AN EXPANDED ROLE AND I'M

VERY PROUD OF THEM.

THEY'RE BRAVE WOMEN ALONG WITH

THEIR MALE COUNTERPARTS AND A

LOT TO BE SAID FOR THEIR

CONTRIBUTION AND EXPERIENCES

OVER THE LAST DECADE OF WAR.

AND I'M... I'M PROUD OF WHAT

WE'RE DOING HERE TODAY.

IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

>> Jon: WELL, THAT ALL SOUNDS

VERY THOROUGH.

(LAUGHTER)

BUT WHAT DO YOU REALLY KNOW

ABOUT THE MILITARY, GENERAL

PATTON?

(LAUGHTER)

HELP ME OUT, SANTORUM.

>> YOU HAVE MEN AND WILL

TOGETHER IN COMBAT, I THINK

THERE'S... MEN HAVE EMOTIONS

WHEN YOU SEE A WOMAN IN HARM'S

WAY.

I THINK IT'S SOMETHING THAT'S

NATURAL, THAT'S VERY MUCH IN OUR

CULTURE TO BE PROTECTIVE.

THE ISSUE IS HOW MEN WOULD REACT

TO SEEING WOMEN IN HARM'S WAY OR

POTENTIALLY BEING INJURED OR IN

A VULNERABLE POSITION AND NOT BE

CONCERNED ABOUT ACCOMPLISHING

THE MISSION.

>> Jon: THAT'S IT.

IT'S NOT THE WOMEN!

SANTORUM IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE

MEN.

(LAUGHTER)

AND HOW CONCERNED THEY'LL BE

ABOUT THE WOMEN!

LIKE THE RAID ON BIN LADEN'S

SAFE HOUSE.

TEAM OF MEN.

LAND A CHOPPER IN THE COMPOUND.

THEY BREAK IN THE DOOR.

THEY CHARGE UP THE STAIRS.

BOOM, BOOM, BOOM.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

BUT IMAGINE A WOMAN WAS THERE.

THEY LAND IN THE COMPOUND.

THEY HEAD OFF TO THE SAFE HOUSE.

THERE'S A PUDDLE.

OBVIOUSLY YOU'VE GOT TO DO THE

RIGHT THING.

THERE YOU GO.

THEN WHEN THEY BREAK DOWN THE

DOOR THEY GO "LADIES FIRST."

SHE WALKS BY, THE SCENT OF HER

PERFUME, HE'S ATTRACTED.

OH, MISSION UNACCOMPLISHED!

IT'S UNAVOIDABLE!

LET'S FACE IT.

WAR IS EASIER WHEN IT'S ALL

DUDES.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO CARE ABOUT

EACH OTHER.

IT'S LIKE THE MARINE CORPS MOTTO

SAYS: LEAVE AS MANY MEN BEHIND

AS YOU WANT.

NO BIG DEAL.

WE'RE ALL DUDES.

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