Email, response to PolitiFact Texas, Mehrzad Boroujerdi, associate professor of Political Science, Syracuse University, Feb. 19, 2013

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I have seen no report that the Iranian government is publically celebrating the nomination of Hagel. Even the story you mention in consistent with what Iranian leaders keep saying about what they hope to get out of America. There is nothing in that language that conveys enthusiasm for Hagel’s appointment. Please keep in mind that Obama has been in office for more than 4 years and if there was any optimism it occurred 4 years ago with a new administration and not now with a candidate for Defense Secretary.