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July 25th, 2014
05:09 PM ET

Chaos on multiple fronts hampers Obama administration

(CNN) – The White House is facing foreign policy chaos on multiple fronts – from failed attempts at a ceasefire in Gaza, to the explosion of a passenger jet over the Ukrainian war zone, to the rise of ISIS in Iraq, to a rush of central american migrants at the border.

There is essentially a laundry list of human agony abroad for the administration to grapple with right now, all with massive implications back home, and none with easy answers.

The President is facing "geopolitical whiplash," according to a New York Times article by Peter Baker.

"Everywhere he looks these days, the world seems to be kind of, you know, flaming up in some fashion or another. You got to imagine some mornings he wakes up and says, you know, what could possibly happen today that hasn't already happened," Baker said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

It's a very tough time for Obama "to play whack a mole with all these different crises at once," he said.

For more of our interview with The New York Times' Peter Baker, check out the video above.

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