Fox News strategic analyst Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (Ret.) said on "America's Newsroom" that Russian President Vladimir Putin is making his move in the Middle East because he knows President Obama will not respond.

Earlier today, Russia commenced airstrikes on targets in northern Syria in support of the Assad regime, asking U.S. fighter jets to leave the area. 

Peters said Putin believes Obama is so weak that Russia may shoot down a U.S. drone or a manned U.S. fighter jet, then claim it was accidental. 

"He knows Obama would not respond militarily," said Peters, adding that Putin will not actually go after ISIS.

"It's transparent. He wants to wipe out all the opposition to Assad except Islamic State, leaving the world with a stark choice: support Assad or support Islamic State. This guy is good and we have a pixie dust president who still thinks he can say something three times and make it come true," he explained.

Peters said Putin, "a master of propaganda," has a better case for being inside Syria than the United States does because the Assad regime is the recognized government by the U.N. and invited Russian forces into the country. 

"He intends to do as much mischief while Obama is still in office and unwilling to act," said Peters, adding that the next president will then face an "irreversible" situation on the ground.

Watch the full analysis above.


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