As InstaGlenn might say: well, yeah.

Iran’s most powerful leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Friday called U.S. President George W. Bush’s defeat in the congressional elections an “obvious victory” for the Iranian nation.

“This issue (the elections) is not a purely domestic issue for America, but it is the defeat of Bush’s hawkish policies in the world,” Khamenei said in remarks reported by Iran’s student news agency ISNA on Friday.

“Since Washington’s hostile and hawkish policies have always been against the Iranian nation, this defeat is actually an obvious victory for the Iranian nation.”

It’s a return to “realism.” Reality-based realism. Starring, um, George McGovern.

Syria sounds pretty jazzed about it, too.

Meanwhile, in Iraq, the local unterfuhrer has a message for “the lame duck.”

Update: Speaking of which.

Update: Dirka dirka Mohammed jihad.