Putin's rule has been characterized by Thomas Friedman as rule by sugar highs. Putin has gone from one sugar high to another in order to distract fellow Russians and feed the national ego. "Putin stupidly went into Syria looking for a cheap sugar high to show his people that Russia is still a world power. Well, now he’s up a tree. Obama and John Kerry should just leave him up there for a month — him and Assad, fighting ISIS alone — and watch him become public enemy No. 1 in the Sunni Muslim world. “Yo, Vladimir, how’s that working for you?”" Thomas Friedman http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/30/opinion/thomas-friedman-syria-obama-and-putin.html First, Putin invaded, occupied and annexed portions of Georgia and then Ukraine, and now he has entered Syria. So what will be Putin's next sugar high?