As I have written before, I fully back Russia’s play in the Crimea and Ukraine. We are not confronted with an ideological foe. The Communist inspired Soviet Union is in the dustbin of history. Good riddance. Nope. We are back to good old fashioned Russian nationalism. Candidly, it is none of our damn business.

Russia distrusts the West for a reason. None of us can recall the Crimea War of the 19th Century but this fact is certain–Britain and France intervened and attacked Russia. They were worried about “power politics.” I believe that Russia is entitled to the same rights and considerations that we, the United States, insist on for ourselves.

If we want to play this bullshit game of moral superiority then let’s start by returning California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas to Mexico. We fucking stole those states. Only in our delusional fantasy world can we pretend that we somehow “liberated” them.

Putting hypocrisy aside for a moment, let’s focus on real politic.

Until recently, we were working with Russia to contain Iran’s nuclear threat. In light of our weak attempt to bully Moscow, I would not be surprised to see Putin and Company tell us to fuck off and go all in with helping Iran acquire and solidify its own nuclear capability.

And what would we do? Nothing. There is nothing we could do? If you’re one of those crazies who believe we can bomb our way to victory in Iran then you have not spent the time that I have working on US military war games on this issue. The outcome is ugly and, lest we forget, despite having complete air superiority in Iraq, we were still limited in what we could accomplish militarily on that front.

Time for Obama and Kerry to shut up and stop pretending to be tough guys. They are playing poker and holding no cards worth a damn. Pathetic.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.