“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
That Op-ed has to just be burning Obama up inside. It's such a lack of respect from Putin, who sees Obama as nothing but a waterboy.
Assad is going to do what Putin wants him to. In exchange for weapons and maybe even boots on the ground.
But it still is making sense from the Russian side.
I think his OP ED is about as close to a real warning of hostilities as you can get.
And where is the signed agreement that Assad will do any of it?