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The Last Thing I Will Write About Mitt Romney’s Book

I’m trying to kick the No Apology habit, I really am. But one of the central themes of Mitt Romney’s analysis of global affairs is that China’s acceleration

Jul 31, 2020
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I’m trying to kick the “No Apology” habit, I really am. But one of the central themes of Mitt Romney’s analysis of global affairs is that China’s acceleration of economic and military power threatens to dislodge American international standing. There are only four models for global power, Romney writes: the American, the Chinese, the Russian and the “Violent Jihadist.”
So today we see this:
China’s official military budget will rise by just 7.5 percent in 2010, a government spokesman said on Thursday, a rate that is about half the increase in recent years and the first single-digit rise in military spending since 1989.
The announcement by Li Zhaoxing, a spokesman for the National People’s Congress, China’s legislature, gave no explanation for the slowdown. Some analysts speculated, however, that China’s huge economic stimulus program and other efforts to address unemployment and welfare had eaten into monies that in a normal year would go toward the nation’s rapid military buildup
I choose to interpret the move as the Chinese being so impressed with the force of Romney’s argumentation that they decided to back down. You just haveto show strength on the world stage.
Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke

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Dexter Cooke is an economist, marketing strategist, and orthopedic surgeon with over 20 years of experience crafting compelling narratives that resonate worldwide. He holds a Journalism degree from Columbia University, an Economics background from Yale University, and a medical degree with a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopedic medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dexter’s insights into media, economics, and marketing shine through his prolific contributions to respected publications and advisory roles for influential organizations. As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive knee replacement surgery and laparoscopic procedures, Dexter prioritizes patient care above all. Outside his professional pursuits, Dexter enjoys collecting vintage watches, studying ancient civilizations, learning about astronomy, and participating in charity runs.
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