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David G
08-07-2012, 10:07 PM
The Economist's take:


IF YOUR main aim on your first foreign trip as a candidate is to look plausibly presidential, avoiding obvious gaffes is the first step. So annoying your country’s closest ally by suggesting that it is not entirely ready for the Olympics, even before your first official meeting, is not a good start. Nor is it terribly impressive to go on to imply that Palestinian Arabs are in some way culturally inferior, or to refuse to answer more than three press questions on the whole trip while your media people tell disgruntled hacks that they can “kiss my ass”. From a presentational point of view, it was, as the critics said, a bit of a Romneyshambles.

But Mitt Romney’s seven-day tour of Britain, Israel and Poland, which ended this week, has served a useful purpose that the criticism has obscured. By his selection of venues, and some of the words he spoke in them, Mr Romney has made it clear that in foreign policy, as well as the domestic kind, he wants to do things differently from Barack Obama.

Some of the positions Mr Romney has taken are troubling. Americans have good reason to be concerned by his willingness to threaten to brand China as a currency-manipulator, for instance. But at least they are being offered a choice.

08-07-2012, 10:11 PM
it's nice having choices

08-07-2012, 11:23 PM
^aka which country to park your money in.

08-08-2012, 07:51 AM
Lots of countries are parking their money in Aussie Bonds at present. Big corporations too, Apple, Microsoft, etc
"But the list has now expanded to central banks across South America, the Middle East, Scandinavia and even Central Asian states such as Kazakhstan."If you chop Canada and the US off the map it's pretty much everyone except for the bulk of Africa and countries like Pakistan, Iraq and Iran," Ms Auld said."