Syria & American Exceptionalism

  • Aired:  09/12/13
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America's plan to bomb the truth out of Syria regarding its alleged use of chemical weapons hits a diplomatic snag. (4:32)

>> Jon: WELCOME!

-- WELCOME TO THE DAILY SHOW,MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

WE HAVE A PROGRAM THAT WEHAVE PUT TOGETHER TONIGHT.

TONIGHT WE HAVE WITH US THEMAN, THE MYTH, THE LEGEND,

MR. BILLY CRYSTAL IS GOINGTO BE JOINING US TONIGHT.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)FUNNY MAN, FUNNY MAN!

WE'RE GOING RIGHT TO THEINTERNATIONAL SITUATION.

FOR YEARS NOW SYRIA HASINSISTED THAT NOT ONLY HAS

IT NOT USED CHEMICALWEAPONS--

(LAUGHTER)-- WHAT YOU TALKING ABOUT?

(LAUGHTER)SO AFTER A RECENT CHEMICAL

WEAPONS INCIDENT IN SYRIATHE UNITED STATES DECIDED TO

SEE IF WE COULD BOMB THETRUTH OUT OF THEM.

(LAUGHTER)SOMEWHERE ON THE WAY TO THE

MUNITIONS DEPOT THE PLAN HITA SNAG.

RUSSIA SUGGESTED THATPERHAPS IF SYRIA WERE TO

GIVE UP THE CHEMICAL WEAPONSIT DOES NOT HAVE, AND

WOULDN'T YOU KNOW IT.

>> THE U.N. HAS CONFIRMED TOUS THAT THE SYRIAN MISSION

HERE HAS SENT TO THEM ALETTER IN WHICH THEY ASK TO

ACCEDE TO JOIN THE CHEMICALWEAPONS CONVENTION OF 1993.

THE TERMS OF THAT BASICALLYSAY A COUNTRY HAS TO GET RID

OF ALL ITS STOCKPILES OFCHEMICAL WEAPONS.

>> Jon: OH, OH, YOU SAIDSARIN -- SARIN GAS, OH, YEAH,

WE HAVE THAT.

(LAUGHTER)WE THOUGHT YOU SAID GIVE UP

YOUR STOCKPILES OF SARANWRAP.

(LAUGHTER)WE DON'T HAVE THAT, WE'RE A

TUPPERWARE PEOPLE.

(LAUGHTER)NOW WHILE THIS DEVELOPMENT

PUTS A CRIMP IN WHAT HASBEEN THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION'S PUSH TORALLY THE NATION BEHIND ONE

OF THOSE NOT WARS WE LIKE TOENGAGE IN FROM TIME TO

TIME-- (LAUGHTER)

THE PRESIDENT STILL ONTUESDAY NIGHT INTERRUPTED

THE PRIME TIME SCHEDULES OFEVERY MAJOR TELEVISION

NETWORK TO WALK DOWN IKILLED BIN LADEN LANE--

(LAUGHTER)AND MAKE THE CASE FOR

AMERICAN INTERVENTION INSYRIA!

BECAUSE GOING AHEAD ANDMAKING THE SPEECH EVEN AFTER

THE RUSSIANS MADE THAT OFFER,AND THE SYRIANS ACCEPTED IT,

WAS THE BEST THING TO DO.

NOT BECAUSE THEY HAD PUT ADEPOSIT DOWN ON THAT TIME--

(LAUGHTER)BEFORE MOMENTUM SWUNG TO A

MORE PEACEFUL RESOLUTION.

AND APPARENTLY THEY CAN'TGET THEIR MONEY BACK.

(LAUGHTER)THE HEART OF THE PRESIDENT'S

ARGUMENT WAS SIMPLE.

>> MY FELLOW AMERICANS, FORNEARLY SEVEN DECADES THE

UNITEDSTATES HAS BEEN THE ANCHOR

OF GLOBAL SECURITY THIS HASMEANT DOING MORE THAN

FORGING INTERNATIONALAGREEMENTS.

IT HAS MEANTENFORCING THEM.

THAT'S WHAT MAKES AMERICADIFFERENT, THAT'S WHAT MAKES

US EXCEPTIONAL.

>> Jon: WELL-- NO.

(LAUGHTER)>> Jon: THAT AND OUR

SCULPTURES OF ELVIS PRESLEYMADE OUT OF BUTTER.

THAT'S SOMETHING.

(LAUGHTER)>> Jon: NOT A LOT OF

COUNTRIES HAVE.

(LAUGHTER)ELVIS.

THERE YOU HAVE IT.

THE USE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONSVIOLATED INTERNATIONAL

NORMS.

INDEED IF THERE IS ONE THINGPRESIDENT OBAMA HAS ALWAYS

BEEN CLEAR ABOUT IT IS THATVIOLATIONS OF HALLOWED

INTERNATIONAL LAW LIKE THEGENEVA PROTOCOLS MUST BE

PUNISHED WHETHER IT BE USE OFCHEMICAL WEAPONS OR TORTURE.

>> WILL YOU APPOINT ASPECIAL PROSECUTOR TO

INDEPENDENTLY INVESTIGATETHE GRAVEST CRIMES OF THE

BUSH ADMINISTRATIONINCLUDING TORTURE AND

WARRANTLESS WIRETAPPING.

>> I DON'T BELIEVE THATANYBODY IS ABOVE THE LAW.

>> Jon: SEE THAT EVEN YOUNGWHIPPERSNAPPER OBAMA

WOULDN'T EVEN LET THAT GO.

NOBODY IS ABOVE THE LAW ANDI'M SURE THAT THAT CLIP

DOESN'T HAVE ANY MORE ON IT.

>> ON THE OTHER HAND-- (LAUGHTER)

>> GO ON.

>> ON THE OTHER HAND, I ALSOHAVE A BELIEF THAT WE NEED

TO LOOK FORWARD AS OPPOSEDTO LOOKING BACKWARDS.

>> Jon: I MEAN IF LOOKINGBACKWARDS HAD ANY VALUE

WHATSOEVER, CARS WOULD HAVEREARVIEW MIRRORS.

(LAUGHTER)BUT THEY-- LOOK, I'M NOT

SAYING ENHANCEDINTERROGATION IS THE SAME AS

GASSING YOUR OWN PEOPLE.

ALL I'M SAYING IS THAT IT ISTOUGH TO MAKE THE ARGUMENT

THAT WE HAVE TO GO TO WAR TOALWAYS UPHELD INTERNATIONALLY

AGREED UPONNORMS SO SOON AS WHEN WE

OURSELVES PLAYED A GET OUTOF INTERNATIONAL NORMS FREE

CARD.

BUT IF THE SYRIAN CRISISDOES END, AND BY THE WAY,

THAT'S THE CARD THAT I NEVERSAW IN THE MONOPOLY GAME,

THAT WOULD HAVE-- WOULDN'TTHAT HAVE BEEN A NICE THING

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