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A true believer on defense

By James Carroll
October 24, 2011

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In his presidential campaign, Mitt Romney walks a high wire - tethered at one end to doubts about his ideological authenticity, and at the other to prejudice within his own party against his Mormon religion. When Romney delivered an intensely hawkish defense policy speech recently, one could speculate that he was responding to both sentiments. Not only did he ally himself with the idea of America as a Christian nation with a divine mandate for global supremacy, but he also presented himself as a true believer in Cold War orthodoxy.

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