Social Media Mocks Arguments for Intervention in Syria


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The Obama administration’s push for a Congressional vote on Syria is dominating the news cycle. While both sides have passionate defenders, the world of satire is clearly on the anti-war side.

First, an Official in the Obama administration made news after a statement arguing that “If Assad is eating Cheerios, we’re going to take away his spoon and give him a fork. Will that degrade his ability to eat Cheerios? Yes. Will it deter him? Maybe. But he’ll still be able to eat Cheerios.”

Twitter immediately picked up on the comment, with commentators mocking the cheerio metaphor.

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John Kerry also got his share of Twitter ridicule after saying the strikes on Syria would be “incredibly small.” John McCain responded incredibly quickly.

Philip Klein, a senior writer for the Washington Examiner, got in on the action as well.

Erik Erikson, a conservative blogger and Editor-In-Chief for redstate.com was also quick to comment.

Even Comedy Central got a tweet in.

That’s not to say off the cuff remarks haven’t played a positive role in the Syria crisis. When Kerry was asked if there was a diplomatic solution, he responded “Sure, he could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week…without delay and allow the full and total accounting for that, but he isn’t about to do it and it can’t be done, obviously.” In a strange twist, that seems like a possibility now after Russian President Vladimir Putin backed the plan and the Syran government claimed to welcome the initiative.

The funny side of social media often reflects the public’s attitude. Will Twitter’s amateur comedians change their tune if the crisis subsides? We’ll keep an eye out as the situation develops.

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