The choice exchange began when Stewart asked, "Eight years into this war in Afghanistan and it appears we are now fighting an intractable war only to establish a corrupt, undemocratic state. How did this happen?"
Oliver shot back, "Really? America is having a hard time fighting in Afghanistan? How could that be? Especially considering Afghanistan is only the most unconquerable place on earth."
Pointing out that Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and the Soviet Union all failed in their attempted occupations of Afghanistan, Oliver chastised the United States for its arrogance, concluding, "Even Britain was routed there. Afghanistan is the gold standard for quagmires."