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NYT’s Friedman: Obama Can See America from ‘the Iranian Perspective’

On Monday’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman credited President Barack Obama for his handling of the Iranian nuclear deal.

According to Friedman, Obama’s abilities to negotiate such a deal comes from his ability to see the issue from Iran’s perspective.

“What really came through to me in the interview really is a couple things that really do show you the difference between him and Netanyahu,” Friedman said. “Obama is someone who has lived abroad, maybe more than any president in a long time. And because of that, he actually knows what America looks like from the outside in. And he can actually see America even to some point from the Iranian perspective. And it comes through when he says let’s remember we, the Unites States, back in the ’50s, we toppled Iran’s democratically-elected government. You know, there might be some reason these people actually want to get a weapon that will deter that from happening again.  And I would say one difference between him and Netanyahu, Obama can actually walk in another man’s shoes. That has not been Bibi Netanyahu’s strong suit. He’s not exactly been a man known to look at the world from a Palestinian perspective.”

(h/t Newsbusters)

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