Critics say President Barack Obama's foreign policy has become so confused and so weak he's making former President Jimmy Carter look good.
After three years of war in Syria and months of Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists rampaging through Iraq, White House officials are still struggling to get on the same page.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called ISIS an "imminent threat to the United States." But other White House officials backed away from that claim.
Meanwhile, officials say the United Statse has begun surveillance flights over Syria in a move that could pave the way for air strikes against the jihadist army.
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One potential target is the northern Syrian city of Raqqah, an ISIS stronghold.
"Raqqah is about the safest territory for the Islamic State that currently exists," Peter Neumann, professor of Security Studies at King's College London, said.
The London Mirror said British and U.S. Special Forces are forming a hunter killer unit to "smash the Islamic State" by hitting the command structure of the Islamist terror group.
Meanwhile, the conflict in Ukraine just got more dangerous with the announcement the nation has captured 10 Russian soldiers on its soil.
The news comes as Moscow and Kiev leaders are meeting for talks that are expected to go nowhere.
Now Obama must decide if the United States will help Ukraine in a support role, putting him between a rock and a hard place.
If the United States doesn't help, eastern Ukraine could be overrun by a Russian invasion. But increasing military aid to Ukraine risks a U.S.-Russian showdown in a part of the world where Russia is strong and America is weak.
But some members of Congress say it's time for America to stop acting weak.
"This is an administration which - the kindest word I can use is feckless, where they have not outlined a role the United States has to play, and that's a leadership role," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., charged.
"The president has to understand that America must lead, and when America hasn't, a lot of bad things happen," he said.