Daniel W. Drezner

The timeless international relations humor of The Daily Show

The timeless international relations humor of The Daily Show

Over the years, The Daily Show has tackled issues relating to world politics and American foreign policy with a sharp satirical, somewhat left-of-center edge.  I have found most of these takes to be moderately amusing — and it’s pretty hard, sometimes, to make international politics look funny without seeming cruel. 

This month, however, marks the four-year anniversary of "Britain’s Fallen Soldiers," which I have reproduced below for your amusement.  I watch this, oh, let’s say once a month since it aired.  I have never been able to watch it the entire way through without cracking up.

 

 

I will simply note that the crux of NATO’s problem, which inspired John Oliver’s finest work ever, is, of course, still ongoing.  Because intractable international policy problems, like fine satire, have a timeless quality.