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Jeff Goldberg thinks it’s “an odd phenomenon” that some Americans object when people make false claims about statements Mahmoud Ahmedenijad has made in the past. I don’t think it’s odd at all. You don’t need to be an apologist for a very bad man to still think it’s worth lowering the rhetorical temperature around Iran policy. The United States is facing some very serious questions about our approach to Iran, and so it’s important that the issue be discussed in a calm and accurate manner.

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