"The Daily Show" takes on the fawning press coverage of Gen. Stanley McChrystal's athletic masculine manliness. David Petraeus got the same loving coverage of his physical fitness regimen, and it strikes me as a genuinely dangerous way to understand these wars: The fact that McChrystal is tough enough and disciplined enough to go running at 4:30 in the morning and visit Afghan markets without a sidearm or a bulletproof vest is not relevant to the questions at hand. But it's made to seem relevant. As if all the past tacticians who saw their careers and countries swallowed by endless engagement in Afghanistan just didn't have a low enough resting heart rate.
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Afghanistan: The Graveyard of Empires Strikes Back|
October 13, 2009; 1:30 PM ET
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