President Obama is threatening sanctions against Russia's President Vladimir Putin as the situation in Ukraine escalates, but he can't do it alone – he needs Congress to cooperate.
That's why it matters that the Senate's top Democrat is not on board – Harry Reid told POLITICO that the U.S. should not act until coordinating with the European community, saying "We have to have them on board with us."
So, should Putin be afraid of what Obama can do? Or does Russia view the U.S. as a paper tiger handcuffed to internal politics and the international community? Here to discuss are CNN Political Commentator Peter Beinart and Mark Wallace, a former ambassador to the U.N. under President George W. Bush.
General John Allen submitted plans to the Pentagon that would keep 6,000 to 15,000 American troops in Afghanistan after 2014.
CNN Chris Lawrence has the story.
At last night's third and final presidential debate there were different styles, but very little daylight between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney on foreign policy.
Democratic Strategist James Carville said, " The President came to attack and Governor Romney came to agree." Did both candidates have the right strategy?
OutFront tonight: Bill Burton, a senior strategist for Priorities USA, the Super PAC supporting President Obama and Ric Grenell, fmr. foreign policy adviser for Mitt Romney.
President Obama was talking tough and came out swinging last night on foreign policy, touting the successful withdrawal of troops from Iraq, the killing of Osama bin Laden, and the impending transition out of Afghanistan.
But all that didn't stop Mitt Romney from criticizing the President, bringing up the "leading from behind" phrase and blasting the President's "apologies." FULL POST
Towards the end of President Barack Obama's speech at the United Nations he touted his foreign policy accomplishments. But, does it add up?
OutFront tonight: Robert O'Brien, Romney campaign foreign policy and national security adviser and Colin Kahl, Obama campaign foreign policy surrogate and former deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East.