So much for the great “reset.” From reports that we are hearing, Putin lectured Obama on Russia’s interest in Syria, which is sort of reminiscent of the Khrushchev-Kennedy summit early in the Kennedy term when Kennedy was completely humiliated, lectured by Khrushchev, left [demoralized], which encouraged Khrushchev to put missiles in Cuba.
This is Putin, who thinks in strategic terms, speaking to somebody he considers an adolescent. Imagine — Russia right now is preparing to send three warships to a port in Syria, which is its facility. Each of the ships is capable of carrying 300 marines. We are doing nothing except complaining and issuing statements. The Russians are asserting themselves on the ground, preventing any [arms] embargo, and asserting a strategic interest.
What is Obama doing in what was for 30 years an American preserve in the Middle East? Nothing.