Jon Stewart grades Iraq benchmark report as ‘not un-bad’ (video link; Daily Show)

Dandelion Salad

David Edwards and Nick Juliano
Published: Tuesday July 17, 2007

In a dig at the rhetoric employed by members of the Bush administration in describing the war in Iraq, the Daily Show on Monday examined the “Cirque du Soleil-like contortions” used to spin progress in the war.

Host Jon Stewart also lamented the loss of some ripe material when President Bush decided to commute the prison sentence of former vice presidential aide I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby.

“I thought for sure, for sure, that we’d be coming back from break to a Scooter Libby goes to jail perp walk thing … nice clever over-the-shoulder (graphic), ‘Pokey-man,’ you know what I mean?” Stewart said. “Yeah, that’s not great, but the graphic was cute, it was Libby being sodomized by Pikachu.”

After the brief aside, Stewart returned to the news of a recent report on Iraqi government benchmarks.