President Obama is taking some tough criticism from Republicans, who argue that Russian President Vladimir Putin is once again outmaneuvering the United States on the world stage.

Martha MacCallum took on the issue this morning with Fox News military analyst Gen. Jack Keane (Ret.) and Fox News national security analyst K.T. McFarland.

McFarland was asked whether this current situation stems from Obama's lack of action in Syria after drawing a "red line."

She said what's occurring now is part of a plan by Putin, begun 15 years ago, to "rebuild the Soviet empire using Russia's oil and natural gas exports."

"I don't think he even anticipated he'd find somebody as weak as the Obama-Kerry team to take advantage of," she noted. McFarland also pointed out that during the Olympics, Russia signed a deal to send Egypt military equipment, calling it a "stunning" development that went largely unnoticed.

Keane agreed with McFarland's analysis, saying Obama must take forceful action to make Putin pull back his forces from Ukraine.

"[Putin] knows the United States has a leader who does not want to lead the world. And that's different from our predecessors. This is global power politics and the fact of the matter is it's fundamentally a test of wills. The psychological aspect is significant and our president has refused time and time again to step up to that. Our adversaries are watching this. This is the beginning of something here. China's watching this, Iran is watching, and North Korea is watching as well," said Keane.

Watch the full discussion above.