Letter: Obama should rebut Putin's charges

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President Obama: Please put President Vladimir Putin in his place.

As the author of two autobiographical masterpieces, Obama has demonstrated that he possesses the literary prowess to pooh-pooh Putin's Sept. 11 New York Times op-ed, "A Plea for Caution From Russia: What Putin Has to Say to Americans About Syria," which was highly critical of Obama's Syria policy. Obama should rebut Putin's charges by writing his own op-ed and insist it be published in Pravda and the Damascus Daily.

Obama can begin by defending Secretary of State John Kerry, whom Putin recently accused of lying. Please explain that Kerry is not a liar, he only looks like one.

Putin questioned Obama's recent claim of the "exceptional" nature of the American people, calling such an attitude "dangerous." Obama should explain that he meant the comment to refer to himself only.

Finally, Obama could conclude his op-ed by making the case that by hitting Syria with either an "incredibly small attack," as Kerry recently suggested, or by bombing them back to the Stone Age, American actions would actually be in the best interest of not only the Syrian people but the rest of the world, as well.

Pat McCarty

Woodland