It's been a good couple of days for President Obama. On Thursday a deal was reached over a United Nations resolution that would require Syria to give up its chemical weapons stockpiles and allow inspectors access to all sites. And yesterday, in the first major contact between the two nations since the Iranian Revolution, U.S. President Barack Obama and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani spoke on the phone — a possible sign both are serious about reaching a pact on Iran's nuclear programme. However, it was not all good news. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change dented the general mood of optimism by releasing a summary which says that the world's getting hotter, the sea's rising and there's increasing evidence neither are naturally occurring phenomena.
The cartoon by Peter Brookes from The Times consists of four panels. In the first, we see a triumphant Obama holding up documents marked 'SYRIA DEAL' and 'IRAN DEAL'. In the second, he has his hands together as if giving a prayer of thanks while saying, "We're saved". However, he is up to his knees in water. In the third, the water has reached his waist, and he's beginning to look worried. In the final panel, we can just see the top of his head and ears. Meanwhile, a document entitled Climate Change Report can be seen floating on the surface of the water.
Obama's foreign policy successes mean very little compared to the overwhelming threat to civilization posed by global warming and rising sea levels.