From the landing in Iraq, where he's pummeled with shoes, to the camouflage suit and Veritasiness crest, to the goofy but pointed gags – "It must be nice here in Iraq 'cause some of you keep coming back again and again" – you have to give Stephen Colbert credit for taking his show, "Yikes" sign and all, to the troops in Iraq. It's a tricky balancing act, his clueless character in the midst of so much hardship, and he doesn't always pull it off, but he shows grace and grit and gives some laughs to folks who no doubt need it. The best moment is his word of the day. Says it all:
"Why are you here?"