Current Event Cat of the Day: Iraq 2.0

Current EVent Cat - Iraq 2.0

Reagan’s baaack! And just in time for Iraq 2.0! As Reagan was perusing around Kenya on a search for big cats, Obama was agonizing over whether Syria had finally crossed the imaginary red line. Spoiler alert: they did.

Citing evidence of alleged chemical attacks against a Damascus suburb on August 21, Obama decided it was time for action. Military action. And by military action I mean the act of asking for a Congressional vote on military action.

But before Congress could return from their summer recess to argue the pros and cons of Iraq 2.0, Obama headed to a tense G20 meeting in St. Petersburg to have an awkward conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin and try to rally some support for an American strike on Syria.

In what came as a shock to no one, Putin and Obama had somewhat differing views on Syria (Obama: They crossed the line – military action!, Putin: No, it’s fine.) and not much was accomplished. After the meeting Putin released a terse official statement, reading, “I should be afraid of this skinny man? I wrestle bears.” (Official statement may not have happened, but I wish it did…)

Then, in a move that DID surprise some, Putin steps in with a proposal to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international control in an attempt to diffuse the situation.

Obama called the Russian proposal a possible breakthrough and subsequently let out a huge sigh of relief. He then gave Putin a huge bear hug for bailing him out of a tough situation that could have involved a humiliating Congressional defeat and a lengthy period spent convincing the skeptical American public that Iraq 2.0 was needed. (Note: bear hug also may not have happened, but again, I wish it did).

It’s unclear whether or not this possible diplomatic solution will be successful. Syria has accepted Russia’s proposal to avert a strike by handing over their weapons and Russia is working with Syria to prepare a detailed plan of action. But despite agreeing to the proposal, Assad isn’t really helping matters. The Syrian president is still denying his involvement in the chemical attack, stating that the rebels were behind the incident that killed 1,400 civilians. So the whole thing still sounds a little sketchy at this point… stay tuned for a “Putin Saves the Day” situation or a possible go-ahead on Iraq 2.0.

Via: Current Event Cats & New York Times

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