Whether he fell on his sword or was pushed, Chuck Hagel's departure is the latest in a series of foreign policy missteps. It leaves the administration bereft of a Veteran Secretary of Defense at the most dangerous time in recent memory.
Jordanian leaders at the highest levels are alarmed. Jordanian political analysts are taking the ISIS threat very seriously. According to Middle Eastern security officials, defences have been reinforced at the borders of Iraq. The Jordanian air force has been on high alert for several days.
Has Aipac lost its mojo? Is a lobby group famed for its ability to move bills, spike nominations and keep legislators in line now in danger of looking weak and ineffectual? Consider the evidence of the past year.
The Syrian government has said it will allow UN weapons inspectors to examine the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack
David Cameron and Barack Obama have moved the West a step closer to decisive intervention in Syria, pledging a "serious response
The US is weighing up its military options in Syria in the aftermath of a deadly chemical weapons strike, with American naval
The United States said it was considering arming the Syrian rebels, as another massacre was reported. Defence Secretary Chuck
Britain has echoed the United States, saying there is "limited but persuasive" evidence that chemical weapons have been used
How can President Obama make good on his campaign promises to strengthen the welfare state, invest in America's crumbling infrastructure and preserve American leadership in world affairs - all in a period of sluggish growth and continued economic uncertainty? The president will have the first of two important opportunities to provide some answers at his inauguration this Sunday.
Can Barack Obama, like Abraham Lincoln rise above the rancor and lead America into prosperity and peace and find a common ground before he leaves office, still a very young man?