Who says that Putin is smarter than Obama? Obama has succeeded in doing something that Putin could never have done, himself. Obama has succeeded in putting Russia in a key position to influence both Syria and Egypt. The leaves Israel and Jordan as the only Middle Eastern countries that are dependent upon the USA for support. Obama says that he has Israel's back. That means that Israel is surrounded.
Shaffir to Herzog: Opposition failed to show leadership in political battles against PM (Haaretz)
from the article: Russia returns to Egypt as U.S. backs away