07/11/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Colbert Debates Don't Ask, Don't Tell In Front Of Audience Of Active Troops (VIDEO)

Stephen Colbert took on a formidable opponent last night in the debate over allowing openly gay men and women to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces: Himself. After an intro from George H.W. Bush and brief plug for Amp energy drink, Colbert One told Colbert Two that his gay Arabic translator had been fired, bringing the total to 59 in the past 5 years.

Colbert Two took a pro-gay stance, whereas Colbert One defended the army's choice to fire these men. The segment was funny and intriguing, but Colbert (as a whole) seemed unwilling to take a hard stance on the issue while performing in front of an audience of active troops.

In the past Colbert has mocked "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in his typical pompous fashion, with much harsher rhetoric.


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