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Try finding "China" in this word cloud of the regions and world figures mentioned by Mitt Romney in his big foreign policy speech today:

Turns out, Romney made just one mention of China. Compare that with 21 mentions of the Middle East, 10 of Iran, six of Israel and eight of Libya. Meanwhile, Romney only mentioned Latin America once, all but ignoring our closest neighbors. He only mentioned Russia once, despite having said it is America's biggest geo-political foe. And Romney didn't even mention India at all, despite it being the world's second most populous nation.

That'd be one thing if this were a speech about Middle East policy, but it was supposed to be a speech about Mitt Romney's overall foreign policy. Yet based on this word cloud, Mitt Romney doesn't seem to realize that beyond the Middle East, there's still a big world out there.

The truth is that this speech wasn't serious, nor was it intended to be. It was just another box for him to check as he tries to hold together his fractious political coalition.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Mon Oct 08, 2012 at 12:22 PM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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