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Obama bets his presidency, and the 2016 election, on Iran

Failure to mobilise backing could deprive him of a legacy - an end to the years of hostility

President Obama's policy in Iraq and towards Iran are becoming central to a heated political debate in Washington - pitting the White House and its allies against the Republicans who control Congress.

WHAT has been the policy area that helped determine the success of US presidents in the last four decades?

Maintaining the health of the American economy? Followed perhaps by protection of the nation's security abroad and the safety of the people at home?

Wrong! The one issue that