In a recent press conference, President Obama called Putin's incursion into Syria "an act of weakness".
Unfortunately, that statement is as foolish as it is wrong. Putin is in Syria because he saw an opening in which the free-Syrian rebels are being bogged down by fighting two wars: one to overthrow Bashar Assad, and the other, fighting the ISIS insurgency. This, then, was the perfect opening for Putin to step in and insure that Syria becomes another strong ally in the Middle East. Also, he knows that Obama is weak as an anti-war foe, and that our President won't step in to take on Russia while Putin's forces decimate the free-Syrians.
This is exactly what he did in the Ukraine. As soon as there was a Ukrainian revolution in early 2014, Putin took advantage of the chaos by first seizing and annexing Crimea. Then, by fighting with the pro-Russia, Ukrainian separatists to annex all of the Ukraine once the dust settles.
To not recognize what Putin is up to and thinking he is weak is as ridiculous as calling ISIS a JayVee team. Also, Obama shouldn't be surprised if the "weak" Putin takes back the Ukraine and creates another puppet-state by securing Assad's future as President in Syria. Then he will just move on to another conquest whenever the time is right. Mark my words.
Opinion: Acting out of weakness? Why Obama's dangerously wrong about Putin's intentions in Syria: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/10/06/acting-out-weakness-why-obamas-dangerously-wrong-about-putins-intentions-in-syria.html
With a straight face, Obama asserts Putin is weak and no challenge: http://news.investors.com/politics-andrew-malcolm/101215-772941-60-minutes-interview-obama-putin-is-weak-clinton-mistake.htm