Jon Stewart mocks McCain’s Syrian photo op with kidnappers

On Monday night’s episode of the “Daily Show,” comedian Jon Stewart draws attention to an irony too delicious to ignore. Honestly, you can’t make this stuff up.

The lead up, courtesy of Mediaite: “After poking fun at Anderson Cooper for his comment on different “flavors” of Syrian rebels, Stewart took McCain to task for just knowing in his gut who the Syrian rebels “on our side” are, when it turns out that McCain posed for a photo with rebels involved in a high-profile kidnapping case.”

In support of the effort by some in Congress to increase military aid to the rebels, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) made a surprise trip to Syria last week to downplay the fears of skeptical Americans that Islamic extremists are among the fighters.

McCain told CNN’s Anderson Cooper afterwards: “We can identify who these people are. We can help the right people.”

Yet, while in Syria to drive home this point, he poses for a photograph with two people behind the kidnapping of 11 Lebanese Shi’ite Muslims.

In pointing out that a McCain spokesman said none of the rebels identified themselves as the individuals involved in the kidnappings, Stewart responded by saying that’s “kind of the point,” that “not everyone is going to be wearing their “HELLO I’M A TERRORIST” name badge.”

Stewart then concluded that McCain was the unfortunate “victim of a terrorist photobombing.” In reality, the man is simply dangerous.


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