If the sea levels begin to fall, we know Barack Obama will take credit for it. He campaigned on his ability to make it happen, after all. But if a new Iranian president leads to thawed relations between our two countries, will he take credit for that, too?
The Washington Post reported this week that former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami will run against incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the June 12 elections. While the current president is known for his fiercely anti-American rhetoric, Khatami pursued friendlier relations with the West and greater personal freedoms at home during his time in office.
While Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will maintain ultimate power no matter who is elected, the return of Khatami to the scene could mean that Iran becomes less hostile to U.S. interests and allies.
If it happens, I called it here first.