Speed Reads

John Oliver Explains

John Oliver highlights Obama's ISIS dilemma by picking on Peru

On Wednesday night, President Obama said that America welcomes "our responsibility to lead" in the fight against ISIS. On Sunday night's Last Week Tonight, John Oliver asked the obvious follow-up question: "But do we welcome it in this case? Or is it like when the printer at work runs out of toner, and there's no one else around who can fix it?" Everyone in the world wants ISIS gone, but nobody wants to take the lead in dealing with the Islamist militia, Oliver said. So he offered a suggestion that all (North) Americans should be able to get behind. Alpacas, maybe less so. (This is HBO: There's some mildly NSFW language.) --Peter Weber