Obama warns Putin: Stay out of Syria’s civil war

The United States insists Bashar al-Assad must leave power as part of a political transition


President Barack Obama warned his Russian counterpart Tuesday against intervening in Syria’s civil war, suggesting that Vladimir Putin is aware of the dangers his country faces by entering the bloody conflict.

Obama said he does not disagree with Putin — with whom he met on Monday — on the necessity of a political resolution to Syria’s conflict. But he said there remains discord over the fate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

And he compared the battle against ISIS to global efforts to curb global warming.

“In some ways it’s akin to the problem of terrorism,” he said.

I’m not sure I understand how the battle against the most blood-thirsty terrorist organization in decades is connected to global warming, Mr. President.

During his news conference, held just before Obama departed Paris for Washington, Obama also renewed his calls for tighter gun laws.

No surprise there.