You have always seemed to be pretty anti-Russia. I'm curious what your rationale is, long term. I recall you mentioning upsetting Euro markets in the past, sparking recession, but I can't imagine that's all. Do you think Russia is a legit threat to anyone the US should care about?
Frankly, I think the best long term strategy for weakening Russia is to let them do as they please in the ME, and to a degree, eastern Europe. All they will do is walk into another Afghanistan sooner or later, probably sooner.
Taking a passive approach to Russia isn't giving them a free pass, it's handing them the rope with which they will hang themselves.