No they are smart. Putin knows he can't win a war against the U.S. so he is busy arming our enemies who will have the job of attacking us while Putin sits and drinks his vodka.
Precisely why we've tightened the noose around Vladimir, i.e. with Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Albania, and Hungary joining NATO. Also, we have US forces stationed in Uzbekistan, Krygastan (spelling), Tajikistan, and Georgia. How do you like that Vladimir, you Bolshevik!
Considering that our enemies are Islamists who would just as soon nuke Moscow as they would NYC, the Russians are playing a dangerous game. ......and one that they'll lose, as usual.
...war by proxy