Obama’s not exactly the ‘speak softly and carry a big stick’ kind of a guy. We’re not even sure he’s got a stick at all. Pen and a phone, sure. Imaginary, unenforceable Red lines, absolutely. But ‘big stick?’ Not so much.
But if Obama wound up toe-to-toe with Putin what would the outcome be?
Obama would probably want to avoid anything with grappling:
Ok. Not that. And let’s not even TALK about shooting.
Really the only thing we can think of that he’d have any shot at beating Putin in? Golf.
So … stare him down all you like. He’s probably not changing his Syria policy to suit you.
Have you tried drawing a red line?