In response to an FT article by Geoff Dyer, Kathrin Hille, Noan Raydan and Josh Noble on 2nd October 2015, entitled 'Obama attacks Putin over Syrian air strikes'
If it wasn't for the fact that this is the President of the United States speaking, the following comments would be laughable:
“I didn’t see after he made that speech in the United Nations, suddenly the 60 nation coalition that we have start lining up behind him” - Translation - na na na na na
“Iran and Assad make up Mr Putin’s coalition at the moment. The rest of the world makes up ours.” - Translation - my brother's bigger than your brother
“They will be there for a while if they don’t take a different course.” - No translation needed, but he is clearly oblivious to how ridiculous this sounds coming from the US
But this sort of 'playground talk' isn't funny at all because of who he is, and the possibility of miscalculations between US and Russian forces in the region. There will be any number of possible 'errors' , which could easily lead to an escalation of finger pointing, opening the door wider for 'hotheads' on both sides, to start banging their war drums.
The President sounds like he has a bruised ego. Given he has some very loud domestic opponents who will jump on any opportunity to call him 'weak', this is not good. If he is taking this 'personally', he needs to 'get off it' before he backs himself into a corner.