VIDEO: Stephen Colbert Points Out Why Rushing to War Against ISIL May Not Be the Best Plan

As the drumbeats of war grow louder, driven by the recent beheadings of two American journalists, Stephen Colbert takes on the question of what we should do about ISIL. There are profound logistical challenges in trying to uproot a diverse, dangerous terrorist network operating across a vast territory, and in securing the cooperation of regional leaders. The public has also proven unwilling to enter another war in the Middle East with no clear outcome. But for conservative commentators, U.S. inaction can be attributed to one predictable source: the weakness of President Obama.


As Colbert put it, “Professor Plans-a-Lot is once again overthinking this whole killing-people thing.” After all, “No strategy was our strategy the last time we started a war.”

Fox pundits have called on Obama to emulate other foreign leaders, such as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin, in showing a strong, direct response to the threat posed by ISIL. President Obama, for his part, has discussed using a two-step plan of degrading, then destroying the militant group. But this is a bit too complex for America’s hawks to wrap their heads around.

“That’s like expecting me to shake and bake,” Colbert said. “[If] I’m hungry, I just shake and start eating raw chicken.”

Watch the full clip below. 

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