U.S. Retrenches as Russia Intervenes in Syria
Putin flexed his military muscle this week, launching airstrikes against Syrian rebels and working in tandem with the regime’s ground forces. This flew in the face of Obama’s efforts to help the rebels oust Assad. Many have questioned the U.S. president’s hesitancy to ratchet up American involvement. But Obama has responded in a televised interview — which airs on Sunday — to say that he sees Putin’s attempts to bolster Assad, the Kremlin’s sole ally in the region, as a sign of weakness, not strength.