The Daily Show with Jon Stewart weighed in on the early handover in Iraq.(7.28MB WMV).
[Split screen. Left: Jon Stewart in Daily Show studio. Right: Rob Cordory in “Baghdad”]
Rob Cordory: John what a magnificent day! From this moment forward, all Iraqis will know June 28th, 2004 as Iraqi reestablishment… of… partial control over… ministerial functioning of… state bureaucracy day. [laughter]
Rob: Jon, as one excited Iraqi gentleman put it to me yesterday: “So wait, we get what back now?”
Jon Stewart: Rob, were you at all surprised by the timing of this?
Rob: A little bit, John. As well as things have been going, I thought sovereignty would be returned a week to ten days early. But, they really, really wanted to get it right. It’s a complicated process, Jon. It’s not just about signing a document and getting on a plane.
Jon: Really, um… So what exactly… what else is there?
Rob: Uh, there’s packing. They had to pack, Jon. But, the point is, the U.S. is no longer the occupying power in Iraq.
Jon: Well, then what are we?
Rob: We are… invited guests.
Jon: And our troops…
Rob: Tourists, Jon! Armed tourists, spending a semester abroad.
(7.28MB WMV) [Hammer of Truth]