I’m not one of those fucking nutjobs who thinks Jon Stewart should be president of the universe. I don’t get my news from the Daily Show and I certainly don’t repeat what I see on there as usable rhetoric in real political discussions. But every once in awhile, Jon Stewart will do something awesome, like that time he totally pwned Tucker Carlson and Paul Begala on Crossfire, or he’ll have a debate with a well-spoken guest that manages to be funny and satirical enough to work on the show, while simultaneously being level-headed and fair enough to both sides of a complicated issue. In these moments, the show is more than entertaining (but ultimately worthless) left-wing cheerleading, and actually something worth passing around to people on both sides.
In this case, Jon Stewart is talking with Doug Feith, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy for Bush (from 2001 to his resignation in 2005), one of the so-called ‘architects’ of the war, and author of War And Decision, a memoir of exactly what went on in the Pentagon as we got into this clusterfuck in Iraq. The big question: Was the public really consciously misled into the war? Both positions are well presented, and it’s an interesting discussion regardless of which side you’re on.
Update: The video no longer works. We got rid of it. Move along.