Jon Stewart rips Obama's 'chaotic and confused' war on the Islamic State

Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News
Jon Stewart rips Obama's 'chaotic and confused' war on the Islamic State

Jon Stewart ripped the Obama administration on Monday for its "chaotic and confused" war on the Islamic State militant group.

In a succinct analogy, the "Daily Show" host compared President Obama's response to the terror threat with President George W. Bush's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"This really does point out the difference between the Bush and the Obama administrations," Stewart said. "The Bush administration was incredibly disciplined and focused when the time came to persuade this country to do the wrong thing, whereas the Obama administration would like us to do the right thing, in as chaotic and confused a way as possible."

Earlier, Stewart criticized the current White House's characterization of the conflict as a “sustained counter-terrorism campaign.”

“Imagine if George Lucas had called his movie ‘Star Sustained Counter-Terrorism Campaigns,’” he said.

The comedian has been highly critical of the president of late.

Last week, following Obama's primetime speech outlining the U.S. strategy on the Islamic State, Stewart said America has two choices when it comes to dealing with conflict: a "nuanced vision of a non-omnipotent America projecting power selectively," or "some sort of weird, all-powerful Tarantino America that cleanses the world of sin through slow-motion bloodbaths."

In his speech, Stewart said, Obama "went full 'America, f--- yeah!'"

Stewart also said the initial Muslim-free coalition of European nations (and Australia) the White House had put together to fight the Islamic State looked "awful Christian-y" and had "a little bit of a Crusade-y vibe."

"You can’t go to war against a Muslim group without a Muslim ally," he said Thursday. "Now we're just the group of grown men at the One Direction concert without any kids."

It's not the first time Stewart has drawn parallels between the Bush and Obama administrations' approaches to dealing with terror.

In February, Stewart criticized Obama for his use of drones, comparing his defense of the drone program with President Bush's "we do not torture" declaration following reports of secret CIA prisons overseas.

"Ultimately what we've learned is the difference between administrations is not necessarily what they do, but what they say to get to do it," Stewart said.