I really thought that when Stephen Colbert began talking about Al Qaeda's selection of Saif Al Adel's as the new head of Al Qaeda, he would manage to relate it to The Office's ongoing drama (?) about the search for someone to replace Michael Scott:
But instead, I was surprised to learn that not only was Colbert not mocking Al Qaeda via The Office, but that Al Qaeda was copying The Office!
That much is apparent to anyone who, like me, either remembers the early storyline on The Office, or who, like me also, recently re-watched some of those earlier storylines on The Office while playing trains with their twins.
Specifically, the storyline that culminated in "The Job," the Season 3 finale of The Office, involved Dunder Mifflin searching for someone to replace Jan, with Michael Scott assuming that he would get the promotion -- only to lose it to fresh-faced (and beardless) Ryan Howard; how is that storyline not exactly what just happened with the Al Qaeda job? It's pretty apparent to me that Osama bin Laden's satellite dish was DVR'ing the same things I was. (But don't hold that against me.)
Two other notes on this story:
One, I am uncomfortable with the hearty cheer Colbert's crowd gave to Saif Al Adel's assumed-death-five-years-from-now; granted, he is a terrorist, but I don't think civilized people cheer the death of anyone.
Two, Saif Al Adel's Wikipedia page, at 1,530 words, is shorter than Ryan Howard's (5,644) by some 12 pages; but, then, Saif's page is notably lacking in features such as a three-paragraph discussion of how Dwight Schrute feels about Saif.