Just a few moments ago Obama warned Russia to stand down, saying they are on the wrong side of history and that he is considering economic sanctions against Russia, something he says will be very costly for Russia in the long term.
But Bolton says that because of the very failures of the Obama administration over the last five years in misunderstanding the Russians and not paying attention to Ukraine, there is little we can do at this point to stop Putin.
In fact, Bolton points out, that 7 or 8 years ago Putin gave notice of his strategy by saying that the breakup of the Soviet Union was the greatest geo-political tragedy of the 20th century. Obviously he wants to put it back together and now he’s got an opportunity to take Ukraine. Bolton says that while he’s in favor of economic sanctions and other measures, there’s nothing we can do that will come close to stopping Putin.