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Putin's Syria Gambit Embarrasses Obama

By Paul Richter & Brian Bennett, Los Angeles Times - October 8, 2015

The outcome of Vladimir Putin's bold military gamble in Syria is far from clear, but in the short term, one loser seems certain: President Obama.

The Kremlin raised the stakes Wednesday by firing cruise missiles into Syria from warships nearly 1,000 miles away as Obama's critics at home and abroad said Putin's escalating attempt to bolster Syrian President Bashar Assad already has made the White House look weak and wavering.

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