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Internal Threats to Obama's Iran Policy

February 2, 2009

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent a detailed letter of congratulations to new U.S. President Barack Obama, giving hope for warmer U.S.-Iran relations. But it’s unclear how the Obama administration will respond.

Part of Obama’s problem is that he is staffing key offices at the State Department with hawkish Democrats who have had close ties both to Washington’s Israel Lobby and to neoconservatives advocating endless war against what they call “Islamo-fascism”

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Top Obama advisers, like Dennis Ross and Richard Holbrooke, also have advocated hard-line policies toward Iran and may have trouble pulling back from the Bush era’s demonization of Tehran.

News analyst Pepe Escobar examines who seems to be on Obama's side in favor of new Mideast diplomacy -- and who seems to be peddling a different agenda. is an independent news network that produces stories of global interest. 

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