On Wednesday night's Daily Show, Jon Stewart took aim at the hysteria surrounding the Pentagon's proposed scaling back of the U.S. armed forces. Forget that, even under the budget from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, America will still spend more on its military than the next 13 countries combined — because, apparently, Dick Cheney has. Cheney's assertion that President Obama wants to spend money on food stamps rather than defend America really got Stewart riled up, since a significant number of food-stamp users are... U.S. military families.
The punchline, though, is that as President George H.W. Bush's defense secretary, Cheney proposed cutting a quarter of U.S. troops, for budgetary and strategic reasons. You know what never changes about Dick Cheney?" Stewart asked. "He's a bigger hypocrite than the next 13 hypocrites combined." --Peter Weber