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Prof. Dan Drezner Explains Mitt Romney's Olympic Remarks

The Boston Globe

Daniel Drezner is Professor of International Politics at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Romney Words on Olympics Readiness Draw British Riposte

British Prime Minister David Cameron and England’s famously tough media tweaked Mitt Romney Thursday after the presumptive Republican presidential nominee suggested that London might not be ready for its Olympic moment.

It's hard to know just how well it will turn out,” said Romney, who ran the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. “There are a few things that were disconcerting: the stories about the private security firm not having enough people, supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials, that obviously is not something which is encouraging.”

A professor at Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy said the controversy was being overblown.

“What he said were the various screw-ups were ‘disconcerting.’ If that’s considered rude, God forbid that David Cameron watch ‘The Daily Show,’” said Daniel Drezner, highlighting a recent episode of the comedy show that lambasted the problems with the London Games.

Drezner, who teaches international politics at The Fletcher School at Tufts University, also said Cameron “was far more rude, because he suggested Salt Lake City was ‘in the middle of nowhere.’ ”

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