Stephen Colbert is no fan of President Obama, this we know. But on Thursday, he was especially upset. Having watched the president’s speech on counterterrorism, he questioned why Obama wanted to limit the “flying death-bot program.” Why backtrack on President Bush and “President Cheney’s” policies now?
Citing a passage from the Authorization for Use of Military Force resolution, Colbert deemed it “the most beautifully sweeping, knee-jerk declaration of vengeful fury.” The unlimited power to wage war came about through a careful process, he informed. It’s a great resolution. So it should come as no surprise that he was disappointed in Obama’s speech.
Why would he want to repeal the source of his power? And why would anyone in Congress want to help him achieve that goal?
Luckily, there’s Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who advocated “broadening” the ability to go after the enemy. From there, Colbert took it upon himself to do some of said broadening. Namely removing pesky things like: connection to 9/11, “necessary,” “appropriate.”
Taking a marker to a copy of the resolution, Colbert perfected it, paring it down to its concise core: “The president is authorized to use all force.”
Take a look, via Comedy Central:
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