U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
For years after 9/11, Iraq War supporters were able to rebuke their opponents with emotionally manipulative "Support the troops" platitudes. Starting in the spring of 2013, Stewart illustrated the hypocrisy of those sentiments by diving deep into the gross incompetence of the government's Veterans Affairs office, highlighting the suffocating bureaucracy that returning soldiers faced when they sought treatment for their physical and psychological injuries. The Daily Show first took aim at the department's stunningly antiquated computer system, which hadn't been updated since 1985. ("Have you ever caught the movie The Net on late-night cable and laughed out loud alone at how outdated the technology seems?" Stewart asked in 2014. "That's 10 years more advanced than what the VA is currently using.") But as time went on, he added a do-nothing Congress to his attack, as well as President Obama, consistently reminding us that our country's leaders enjoy hiding behind the troops when it's politically expedient but don't do nearly enough to help them when it counts.