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Colbert Mocks 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' in Front of Troops in Iraq

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Stephen Colbert has been in Iraq all week performing for the troops. Last night, after an introduction by George H. W. Bush, Colbert launched into a skit mocking the absurdity of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and the firing of gay Arabic linguists.

"Evidently, you can be all that you can be, with one exception."

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. You may also want to check out this great video about the impact of Don't Ask Don't Tell:
    http://video.nytimes.com/video/2009/06/09/opinion/1194840804819/op-ed-a-gay-soldier-s-husband.html

    Posted by: JackBoston | Jun 10, 2009 10:00:45 AM


  2. Love it.

    Posted by: banshiii | Jun 10, 2009 10:02:18 AM


  3. I <3 Stephen Colbert.

    Posted by: ichabod | Jun 10, 2009 10:09:46 AM


  4. How brave was that to have that "debate" in front of the troops?

    Another reason to love Stephen Colbert.

    Posted by: Chris | Jun 10, 2009 10:53:53 AM


  5. Uhhhh, that was terrible. It wasn't remotely clever (seriously, did he make a "silent but deadly" joke?) and the whole thing sounded like he was reading from a script.

    The camo suits are pretty funny though.

    Posted by: crispy | Jun 10, 2009 10:56:46 AM


  6. I have REALLY been loving this week's show from Iraq. Stephen Colbert is a genius!

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 10, 2009 11:04:44 AM


  7. did you gauge the audience..? The biggest, unrestrained (i.e. 'comfortable') reaction was to his joke about leaving his wife with a friend.

    Posted by: Jeff | Jun 10, 2009 11:43:17 AM


  8. Uh, what is Colbert trying to show in the photograph?

    Andy, shame on you for putting that bait out there!

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Jun 10, 2009 11:48:14 AM


  9. I have this on DVR and can't wait to watch it tonight! Regardless of whether you agree with his views or how he presents them, Stephen Colbert is a national treasure. He is an unselfish soul who deserves all the credit he gets.

    Stephen is a devout Catholic and holds his views dear, but he understands that he's an American first, and the rights that he has should be extended to others as well. You can't get any better than that.

    Posted by: Tommy | Jun 10, 2009 12:21:57 PM


  10. I love me some Stephen Colbert. He's shown that he's got major cojones/chutzpah.

    Posted by: David R. | Jun 10, 2009 12:57:13 PM


  11. Go Colbert! I feel like he's really using his comedy for something powerful in pointing out the absurdities in America currently. You channel that trickster spirit, Stephen

    Posted by: Matt | Jun 10, 2009 12:57:43 PM


  12. @Jeff: that got the biggest laugh because he used a military inside joke by saying the friends name was Jody. In military cadences (also called Jodies) there is a recurring character called Jody always shown in the worst light.

    Posted by: Marc | Jun 10, 2009 1:06:49 PM


  13. The same episode, the "Stephen Strong" bit: Colbert is descending a wall. Colbert says something along the lines of "Do I have to do this if I'm gay" The drill sergeant, also at the top of the wall, says no. I thought that was brilliant as well.

    Posted by: RD | Jun 10, 2009 6:12:41 PM


  14. colbert was brilliant as the closeted teacher on 'strangers with candy'.. his colbert report, however, too often strays into lefty snark that has become rather tiresome. gotta give him props for this piece though...it took some balls to perform it in front of the troops..and they seemed to totally get it. too bad the obama administration doesn't.. the fact that they DEFENDED dadt to the supreme court is an outrage.. very clintonesque: say pretty things to us to get elected and then stab us in the back.

    Posted by: el polacko | Jun 11, 2009 12:03:48 AM


  15. How are all those hi-profile gays, who used the internet & their graphics skills to help elect O, feeling about him now?

    Posted by: hadassah weinreb | Jun 11, 2009 3:00:08 AM


  16. Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea,GITMO, Torture, Financial Crisis, Health Care,. Thats a pretty herculean task for a US President. I'm willing to give the president a bit of leeway when it comes to DOMA and DOADT..(but not forever)

    Anyways Stephen Colbert is as great as ever. Been really liking the Iraq series so far

    Posted by: The Astrolabe | Jun 11, 2009 7:12:27 AM


  17. "How are all those hi-profile gays, who used the internet & their graphics skills to help elect O, feeling about him now?"

    We'd be saying this about any Democrat who got elected and, quite frankly, the alternative of John McCain would be worse. Or can you recall the last name of the president that signed DADT into law?

    Posted by: Sgt. Stadenko | Jun 11, 2009 10:32:27 AM


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