"I certainly get a lot more out of it than they do," a subdued Stewart said after dinner. His visits with the troops hasn't softened his position on what he calls a "dopey" war: "If anything, it's made me angrier. . . . You can be for the war, against the war, but you can't be uninformed about it. To see the human cost is part of the equation."
Stewart was presented the group's Merit Award by Gen. James Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Tuesday's trip also included a stop at Arlington Cemetery to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The one thing he hasn't done? Go on a USO trip to Iraq. "I would go there but I'm chicken [poop]," he said.