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White House Responds to Putin’s Op-Ed: ‘He Now Owns This’

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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The White House responded Wednesday to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s op-ed piece in the New York Times in which he insisted that a US military intervention in Syria would be “ineffective and pointless.”

An unnamed senior White House official told CNN’s Jake Tapper that “Putin is now fully invested in Syria’s CW disarmament,” despite any scathing criticism in his op-ed.

"Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan “you’re either with us or against us'," Putin wrote.

“That’s all irrelevant,” the White House official told CNN. “He put this proposal forward and he’s now invested in it. That’s good. That’s the best possible reaction. He’s fully invested in Syria’s CW disarmament and that’s potentially better than a military strike – which would deter and degrade but wouldn’t get rid of all the chemical weapons. He now owns this. He has fully asserted ownership of it and he needs to deliver.”

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Besides criticizing US foreign relations, Putin criticized Obama's Syria address.

"I carefully studied his address to the nation on Tuesday. And I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States' policy is 'what makes America different. It's what makes us exceptional.' It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation," Putin wrote.

At 1 p.m. today White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is expected to field questions about the Putin op-ed during his daily briefing.

Sources: Mediaite, CNN