Hossein Askari, Asia Times | October 17, 2008
In addition to the development of the Iranian nuclear program and the economy, the choice of the next Iranian president will be determined by this year's US presidential election. ++ Iranians are afraid of an American or Israeli military strike. ++ Knowing that McCain endorses military options, Iranians might tend to reelect Ahmadinejad in the case that McCain becomes the next president. ++ With an Obama administration a "moderate and Western-appealing" Iranian leader can be expected, who is willing to negotiate on a diplomatic basis.