Brooks did say that he felt the Obama administration was right to not approach the situation in Crimea as if it were the Cold War.
"I think they've decided, and I think it's the right decision, it's not that Putin's trying to restart the Cold War. He's more like the 19th century imperialists and expansionists," Brooks said. "And so how do you deal with somebody who's going to be perpetually expansionist? And I think if you go back to 19thcentury history, the answer's pretty obvious: You get a balance of power. You fill in vacuums around him."