- By Daniel W. Drezner
Daniel W. Drezner is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a senior editor at The National Interest. Prior to Fletcher, he taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Drezner has received fellowships from the German Marshall Fund of the United States, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Harvard University. He has previously held positions with Civic Education Project, the RAND Corporation, and the Treasury Department.
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.