Two peas in a mother fucking pod. You have officially been played Putintards.
Putin and Obama Take Responsibility in Syria
U.S. President Barack Obama and President Vladimir Putin now share a unique political challenge: they both own Syria.
Each leader for his own reasons was desperate to avoid U.S. air strikes.
For Putin, U.S. unilateral action, bypassing the United Nations Security Council, would have pierced the illusion of Russia's international empowerment under his rule. Standing helplessly by while the U.S. was attacking Moscow's chief Middle Eastern client would have exposed Putin as internationally impotent.
Putin's authority in Russia rests in large measure on his image as a strong world player whose position cannot be ignored. A U.S. strike would have underscored Moscow's irrelevance, a debilitating domestic weakness for Putin. He would have had to pledge massive Russian military aid to Damascus to check the U.S.'s intervention, risking a direct U.S.-Russia standoff.
Obama faced a decision of ordering strikes without Congressional authorization and without UN backing.
Now, these partners in face-saving have an investment in making the deal work, despite its apparent pitfalls.