The good news is that Walsh has removed the fictitious Romney quote from her piece today. The bad news is what she’s quoting still mischaracterizes Romney’s larger point where he is giving his opinion on why nations fail. Here’s the new version:
Also on Thursday, unbelievably, our attention was called to an idiotic passage in Romney’s book, “No Apology,” in which he dismissed Britain as “just a small island,” and went on:
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. Yet only two lifetimes ago, Britain ruled the largest and wealthiest empire in the history of humankind. Britain controlled a quarter of the earth’s land and a quarter of the earth’s population.
As you can read in the longer excerpt we posted, Romney is marveling at how such a small island controlled so much of the globe. It’s the opposite of derogatory toward Britain.