Jon Stewart Knocks Oliver North on Hostage Hypocrisy (Video)

North, key to arms-for-hostages deal, suggests new deal may fund “a criminal enterprise that kills Americans”

Jon Stewart says Republicans are finally taking some expert advice.

In a “Daily Show” segment Wednesday, he said Republicans have routinely ignored scientific evidence on global warming. But when the U.S. released Taliban prisoners in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Fox News’ Sean Hannity called in former Col. Oliver North for comment.

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North became famous in the 1980s as the face of the Iran-Contra Affair, in which he helped sell missiles to Iran, which was under an arms embargo, in return for help in trying to free seven Americans held in Lebanon by a group with Iranian ties. He then funneled money from the missile sales to anti-communist Contras in Nicaragua.

In his interview with Hannity, North said that if the U.S. paid a bounty for Bergdahl’s release, it was funding “a criminal enterprise that kills Americans.”

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“So you’re saying it now like it’s a bad thing,” Stewart said. “Does it just make you mad because it’s gone mainstream?”

He imagined North sounding like someone who’s favorite band gets too popular: “I was into using American taxpayer dollars to arm terrorist groups way before it was cool.”

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