American consulate attacks may have far-reaching impact

With four Americans dead and protests spreading across the Middle East into North Africa, many in the United States are reexamining US policy in the region.

Foreign policy analyst Robert Kagan makes the case for maintaining relations with Egypt and working with them, while the Congress moves to strip funding for Egpyt and Libya from the budget.

The attacks that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and the ensuing riots at embassies and consulates across the Middle East have raised the question of whether the Arab spring has made the region more dangerous.

The Economist,however, says the last days developments are the reason the United States must remain engaged, not remove itself from the Middle East.

Christopher Chivvis argues in Foreign Policy that the United States should have paid closer attention to the disintegrating situation in Libya.

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