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Dear Jay Carney: Iran's leaders don't talk to their own people in English

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Beltway Confidential,Opinion,White House,Iran,Nuclear Weapons,Foreign Policy,Charles Hoskinson

Dear Jay Carney:

You do know that Iranians speak Farsi, right? Some speak English, but it's not their usual means of communication.

So when Iran's foreign minister gives an interview to CNN in English to say the White House is mischaracterizing the six-month interim nuclear agreement that took effect Jan. 20, it's not for domestic consumption.

When Iran's supreme leader spikes the football on his English-language Twitter feed -- like this -- it's not for domestic consumption.


The global audience is who they're trying to influence. And it works a lot better for them when the folks behind the podium in the White House briefing room try to pretend that's not true.
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