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Re: Well, That Didn't Take Long...

Nor did this:

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran warned U.S. forces in Iraq on Wednesday that it would respond to any violation of Iranian airspace, a message analysts said seemed directed at the new U.S. president-elect more than neighboring American troops.

The Iranian army statement, reported by state radio, followed a cross-border raid last month by U.S. forces into Syria, a move that was condemned by Damascus and Tehran.

But an Iranian politician said the timing suggested it was directed at Barack Obama, who won Tuesday’s U.S. vote, more than the U.S. military, and might reflect concern by hardliners in Iran who thrived on confrontation with Washington.

Obama has said he would toughen sanctions on Iran but has also held out the possibility of direct talks to resolve rows, which include a dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

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Obama, like Bush, has not ruled out military action although he has criticized the outgoing administration for not pushing for more diplomacy and engagement with Iran.

“Change of political figures is not important by itself. What is more important is a change of American policy,” Ali Aghamohammadi, a close aide to Iran’s most powerful figure, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told Reuters.

President-elect Obama, who has legislated but not yet actively governed, may soon find that getting himself elected was the easy part. Now the difficult stuff begins.

  • JP