Newman: How should the U.S. respond to the attacks on diplomatic personnel in Benghazi and Cairo?

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September 12, 2012

Clearly. The attacks cannot be ignored, but overreaction would be a mistake. Strong protest should be made both publicly and privately. One, mid-level diplomats from the offending countries should be declared PNG and expelled. As well, in private Washington should make clear that a repetition will have dire consequences. However, under no circumstances should diplomatic ties be cut. Cairo is particularly important and ties must be maintained. But, observing what is now going on in Egypt in the aftermath of the Arab spring the lesson taken should be: "Be care full what you wish for!"