Is there any doubt that this is the worst President of the last 50 years? Obama throws up his feckless hands - not knowing what to do - and relinquishes the US to a footnote. This could result in the breakup of NATO. Obama:" Sure Vlad, take Europe, send us more refugees, and make the region your own. I'll just stand over here and draw red lines. " NYT: Obama and Putin Clash at U.N. Over Syria Crisis By MICHAEL R. GORDON and GARDINER HARRISSEPT. 28, 2015 UNITED NATIONS — After circling each other for the past year, President Obama and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russiasquared off on Monday at the United Nations in dueling speeches that presented starkly different views on the Syrian crisis and how to bring stability to the Middle East. President Obama made a forceful defense of diplomacy and the system of rules represented by the international body, but in a veiled reference to Mr. Putin, he warned that “dangerous currents risk pulling us back into a darker, more disordered world.” Mr. Putin talked about mounting a broad effort to support Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, as the best bulwark against the spread of the Islamic State and other radical groups, even though the White House has said Mr. Assad has to leave power if there is to be a political solution in Syria. Beyond the verbal jousting and steely looks over lunch after the morning speeches, however, the two leaders were still playing a subtle game of diplomatic poker, each trying to maneuver the other into shifting his position. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 3:31 Putin Addresses U.N. on Syria Continue reading the main storyVideo Putin Addresses U.N. on Syria President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia defended his country’s support of the Syrian government and criticized other western states’ policies in the Middle East. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS on Publish Date September 28, 2015. Photo by Doug Mills/The New York Times. Watch in Times Video » For the White House, this has meant accepting a Russian role in the region but hoping that Moscow will appreciate the risk of becoming bogged down. That, they hope, will raise the costs of backing Mr. Assad and force Russia to work sincerely on a political transition that will lead to the Syrian leader’s departure. “Knock yourselves out,” one Obama administration official said, mocking Mr. Putin’s bravado about forming a grand coalition in Syria. For the Kremlin, it means restoring enough stability to Syria to win acceptance of an expanded role for Russia in the Middle East — not to speak of its expanded military presence. Such a development, in the Kremlin’s view, would also validate Mr. Putin’s contention that toppling authoritarian governments in the Middle East has led only to chaos and sanctuaries for terrorists. Two speeches, one reception and a meeting later, there was no hint that the two leaders had substantially narrowed the chasm between them on their principal disagreement: the future of Mr. Assad.