Fact checking Mitt Romney

An analog clock reading 6:272012-07-27 / 2012-W30-5T18:27:53-05:00 / 0x501323f9

Categories: politics

Let’s wade into some poly-ticks.

The British media is having a field day making fun of Mitt Romney’s recent stumbles in London, where he insulted his hosts by criticizing their preparation for the 2012 Summer Olympics. (The Guardian‘s headline yesterday: “Mitt Romney’s Olympics blunder stuns No 10 and hands gift to Obama”.) This has lead some bloggers and journalists to reprint this passage from Romney’s book, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness:

England is just a small island. Its roads and houses are small. With few exceptions, it doesn’t make things that people in the rest of the world want to buy. And if it hadn’t been separated from the continent by water, it almost certainly would have been lost to Hitler’s ambitions.

That’s pretty insulting, but is it true? Let’s take these assertions one by one:

America is a great country. We shouldn’t have to say incorrect and jerky things about other countries to feel good about ourselves.

(Information about GDPs, country size, population, and exports were taken from the CIA World Factbook.)