- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Jon Stewart returned to Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” Tuesday night after spending the summer directing a film in Jordan, and the host wasted no time in going after the Obama administration and Congress members on Syria.

Correspondent John Oliver filled in for Mr. Stewart for eight of the 12-week break, and he gave the returning host an on-air rundown of the summer’s news.

“Wow! America taking military action against a Middle East regime? It’s like I never left,” the host said, before leading into a segment called “Uncle Jonny Stew’s Good Time Syria Jamboree,” featuring presidents who delivered various threats against Middle Eastern countries.

The host then cracked jokes like, “Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Syria walk into a bar called ‘America Is Not Planning on Bombing You,’ and the bartender says, ‘Uh, I don’t think you should be in here, Syria.”

He played a clip of Secretary of State John Kerry mentioning “signatures of sarin [gas],” and turned “Signatures of Sarin” into a sensual Calvin Klein fragrance, “because love is blind… now.”

The host blasted proponents of a Syria strike as 7th-grade bullies and exploded at the “parade of idiots,” which included Donald Rumsfeld, Bill Kristol and L. Paul Bremer, who have been vocal about the conflict.

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Stewart spent the summer directing “Rosewater,” which is based on the book “Then They Came For Me” — journalist Maziar Bahari’s memoir of his 118-day ordeal in Iranian prison, Today reported.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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