Returning from a summer-long leave, “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart reemerged last night to satirize justifications for a strike against Syria. He filleted the red line; he questioned the rationale for strikes; he blasted the idea that failing to act would signal U.S. weakness.

And this being Jon Stewart, he had to take on one of his favorite targets of all time. “You know what else is weakness — asking the advice of a parade of idiots who got the same issue completely wrong in Iraq. Or, as those people are known on cable, experts.” Clips ensued, including comments from Donald Rumsfeld and Bill Kristol.