In a five-minute segment broadcast March 17, 2009, Gutfeld and his panel satirically mocked Canadian Lieutenant General Andrew Leslie's recent comment that the Canadian military may require a one year "synchronized break" once Canada's mission in Afghanistan ends in 2011. "Meaning, the Canadian military wants to take a breather to do some yoga, paint landscapes, run on the beach in gorgeous white Capri pants," Gutfeld said. "I didn't even know they were in the war," panelist Doug Benson added. "I thought that's where you go if you don't want to fight. Go chill in Canada."
Keeping with the show's satirical theme, the panelists joked about soldiers needing a break for "manicures and pedicures". Gutfeld also jokingly proposed that the United States military should invade Canada, while poking fun at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's ceremonial uniforms.
That style of, um, humor is nothing new, though, and those swine carried on much in the same way two years ago during a wickedly insensitve segment nine days after Cho Seung-hui killed 32 people at Virginia Tech. The panelists joked that he went crazy because he couldn't get any, and suggesting the government start an Ameriwhore program to help fight the war on terror. Sounds like a good idea.
What passes for news and entertainment these days makes me not miss home. I would weep for my country were it not so last week.