Tehran wants Barack Obama in the White House, rules out war

During a visit to Bahrain, Iran's parliament speaker Ali Larijani said Wednesday, Oct. 22, that Tehran would prefer Democratic senator Barack Obama in the White House next year. He also ruled out any US attack on his country. "The risk was low before, but now I am 100 percent certain that the United States will not unleash a war against Iran," he said at a new conference in Manama.
"We lean more in favor of Obama,", "because he is more flexible and rational, even through we know American policy will not change that much."
debkafile's Iranian sources note that Larijani is one of the most powerful voices in Tehran's conservative camp and a close confidant of supreme ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He would not have spoken out in favor of Obama without top-level sanction.
The location Larijani chose for his statement is significant: Bahrain is one of America's greatest friends in the Gulf region, host to the US 5th Fleet headquarters. Tehran was laying claim to a foothold in the Gulf region.
The argument he advanced against a US attack was arithmetical: "The economic crisis has cost America 1,400 billion dollars and Washington is working to resolve its internal problems and not a war."

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