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Former Obama Administration Official Reflects On U.S. Response To 2009 Iran Protests05:54
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In this photo provided by Tasnim News Agency, a demonstrator waves a huge Iranian flag during a pro-government rally in the northeastern city of Mashhad, Iran, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. The strength of protests shaking Iran was unclear on Thursday after a week of unrest that killed at least 21 people, with fewer reports of demonstrations as government supporters again took to the streets in several cities and towns. (Nima Najafzadeh/Tasnim News Agency via AP)
In this photo provided by Tasnim News Agency, a demonstrator waves a huge Iranian flag during a pro-government rally in the northeastern city of Mashhad, Iran, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. The strength of protests shaking Iran was unclear on Thursday after a week of unrest that killed at least 21 people, with fewer reports of demonstrations as government supporters again took to the streets in several cities and towns. (Nima Najafzadeh/Tasnim News Agency via AP)
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President Trump has been tweeting encouragement to protesters in Iran, bringing a sharp rebuke from the Iranian government. But former Obama administration official Dennis Ross says Trump is right to change U.S. policy toward Iran.

Here & Now's Robin Young talks with Ross (@AmbDennisRoss), former special assistant to President Obama who also served in the Bush and Clinton administrations, about his views.

This segment aired on January 4, 2018.

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