Watch Jon Stewart's epic rant against the never-ending ISIS blame game

Right-wing talking heads continue to point the finger at Obama for the rise of ISIS. Stewart fires back

By Colin Gorenstein
Published June 3, 2015 5:15PM (EDT)
   (Comedy Central)
(Comedy Central)

Jon Stewart came out swinging on Tuesday's "Daily Show" with a history lesson for right wing talking heads who are insistent upon pointing the finger at President Obama for pulling troops out of Iraq and allowing the rise of ISIS.

Stewart asked the in-studio audience to join him in repeating the phrase "learning curves are for p*ssies" before segueing into a segment titled just that.

"Of course, not leaving our troops in Iraq would not have been as big a problem, had we not, not, left our troops," Stewart said. "To stop ISIS, we know Obama should not have withdrawn our troops, but what should Obama have done?"

Then, launching into an epic, breathless rant: "We spent the 80s giving Saddam Hussein's Baathists weapons to fight against the Iranians. The '90s helping Kuwait fight against Saddam's Baathists that we armed. The 2000s heading a coalition to destroy Saddam's Baathists, and the 2010s fighting against those very same unemployed Baathists now going by the name ISIS that we originally armed in the 80s to fight Iran."

Watch the full, glorious 10-minute rant below:

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Colin Gorenstein is Salon's assistant editor of internet and viral content. Follow @colingorenstein or email

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