I personally believe that Putin's New York Times op-ed insulted America. He personally degraded the American intelligence with his insults about motivation and intelligence. He said "It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation," Putin wrote. He was urging America to exercise caution when debating whether to attack Syria but he did it in a negative way towards Americans intelligence.
Putin's op-ed in the New York Times was a refreshing change from the doggedly pro government editorials. It was very beneficial to hear an international perspective on the potential consequences of American intervention in Syria. The American people clearly we're not in favor of intervention and deserved to hear something other than the Obama administration's party line.