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Stephen Colbert tackles Obama's ISIS 'don't have a strategy' line with President Frank Underwood

On Wednesday night's Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert used President Obama's statement that "we don't have a strategy yet" to battle the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militia in Syria as a launching point to cast about for another president. "Enough with the talk-y, think-y," he said, playing clips of various pundits pining for Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu, Russia's Vladimir Putin, or Britain's David Cameron to lead the U.S.

Then Colbert made his own suggestion: President Frank Underwood, from the Netflix series House of Cards. If you've never watched House of Cards, Colbert explained that Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood character is "a Washington power player who rose to prominence through lying, scheming, backstabbing, and murder, but gets things done in Washington." The only problem, Frank Underwood is fictional, Colbert notes. On TV, though, anything is possible. I'd skip that fictional date in December, though, Colbert. --Peter Weber