If anyone had a doubt that Obama was planning on leaving a mess for next president, the rhetoric between America and Russia should wipe any doubt away.
Ashton Carter the US Secretary of Defense insists on only allowing coalition planes over Syria, but admits that would trigger a war with Russia. Despite that fact Carter has taken the hardline in Obama’s administration.
Carter’s posture seems to be winning Obama over as the administration has increasingly seen the Syrian mess as harming Obama’s legacy. With 3 months to go Obama looks like he is finally willing to confront the Russian bear. In the coming weeks look for increased aerial bombardments in and around Syrian positions. This will trigger a Russian response in both Syria and the Ukraine.
Obama way be willing to start something for the sake of his legacy knowing the president will be left to sort it out, even if it is all out war with Russia.