U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin (Reuters/RIA Novosti)
Nancy Youssef and Shane Harris, Daily Beast: Obama Officials Wonder: Why Won’t the Boss Stand Up to Putin?
Russia’s forces are on the attack in Syria; its hackers are monkeying with America’s election. And the president’s response is… well, there’s not much of one at all.
Russia and Syria appeared to attack two more hospitals and a bakery in the already besieged eastern city of Aleppo on Wednesday, in an aggressive push to seize and starve the city—home to as many as 100,000 children—back into regime control.
So how will the Obama administration respond to an increasingly provocative Russia? For now, it won’t.
There is an unspoken understanding within the administration that despite the many provocations Russia has carried out in Syria, there will be no major American response, a position that increasingly is drawing the ire of top national security officials, three U.S. officials told The Daily Beast.
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Update: Obama Is Now Considering “Tougher” Options in Syria. Hahaha Right (Joshua Keating, Slate).
WNU Editor: President Obama has less than 100 days left in office .... he is not going to give the next President a crisis that may spill into an open conflict ... especially with a country like Russia. This is also the same policy that is now being pursued against China on the South China Sea .... the message is clear .... do not provoke .... The White House Has Banned The Pentagon From Talking About 'Competition' With China (September 27, 2016).