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and anybody who claims that in that way isn't paying very close attention president Obama lashing out Friday against the idea that Russian president Vladimir Putin has outmaneuvered him in Ukraine and Syria and now rivalled him as a player in global politics , I got a great arm I'm always struck by the degree to which , not just critics but I think people bargainer Obama making his first comment dance Russia began airstrikes in Syria that the Pentagon pets are helping Syrian president Bashar al Assad keep his grip on power reporter Julia Edwards of Reuters with their eyes president Obama to respond to critics who say that president Clinton is outsmarting him in Syria and able to do so because he took a measure of the president in Ukraine engagement willing that to actually get involved in international , that Russia is somehow stronger today than it was twenty , often when it , expansion and the fact that Russia's economy had retracted lightning you act economy is continuing to grow Obama made it clear that Russia was not America's enemy we're not going to make Syria into a proxy war between the United States , and , that would be bad strategy on our part but Obama stopping short of it fifteen Russia stop the bombing , the Pentagon working on so called deacon infliction rules to prevent an accident between the Russian in , military critics in Congress have long blasted open up for not intervening more strongly in the four years steering column