Russian warplanes began airstrikes in Syria on Wednesday, adding an unpredictable new element to a four-year-old war that has already drawn in the United States and allies, fueled a refugee crisis and expanded the reach of the Islamic State. In Washington, the dramatic escalation of Russia’s military involvement was viewed as an affront just two days after President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin sat down to discuss means for negotiating the deep differences in their countries’ approaches to the conflict in Syria. Full story >>
The cartoon by Peter Brookes from The Times consists of two panels. On the left we see Russian President Vladimir Putin as a bomber pilot giving the thumbs up and saying, "I've just bombed over Syria." On the right, we see President Obama in the Oval Office saying, "So have I!"
The cartoon relies on a double meaning of the verb 'to bomb'. There's the literal meaning 'to drop bombs on a place', but in Obama's case it's the informal meaning 'to fail miserably' that we are supposed to infer. • The play bombed and closed within a week. Strictly speaking, Putin would be more likely to say, 'I've just bombed Syria', but the cartoon wouldn't work then.
You can use 'so have I' to say that a positive sentence is true for you too. Other constructions are possible, such as 'so am I', 'so do I', etc. You can find detailed notes on this grammar point here.
• Telegraph cartoon