The economy is still expected to be the central issue in the general election, but after several serious issues cropped up in the Middle East yesterday, foreign policy certainly looks like it could become a serious part of the race in its own right.

First, the White House apparently snubbed the leader of the nation who is perhaps their most important ally in the region when they refused to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The White House said their schedule is too full to meet with Netanyahu, yet on the same day, it was announced that the President has been scheduled to appear on Letterman. I think it is safe to call that a slap in the face.

The second incident yesterday occurred in Cairo, as a crowd of protesters attacked the U.S. Embassy, tearing down an American flag. U.S. guards fired warning shots over the heads of the protesters, but the embassy itself was evacuated prior to the start of the protest.

The final, most serious, and saddest of yesterday’s events was the death of J. Christopher Stevens, the American Ambassador to Libya, along with two other Americans during violence in Benghazi.

Stevens became the first American ambassador killed in the line of duty since the death of Adolph Dubs in Afghanistan in 1979.

Will foreign policy become a major player in the upcoming general election?