Ali and Mohammed have lived alongside US soldiers in their Baghdad neighborhood for five years. American culture and politics have become familiar to them, and they say that if they could, they would vote for Republican candidate John McCain in next week's election.
"McCain would be best for Iraq because he would ensure stability," said Ali, 66, an expert on the Sumerian era.
"The Iranians believe that if Obama is elected he will not take action against them despite their nuclear ambitions. That worries me."
"If the Iranians get the bomb they will become the Tarzan of the region," said the former teacher and lecturer at the University of Baghdad.
Mohammed, also a professor at the university, said he too preferred McCain "because Obama supports a rapid withdrawal of US troops."
"Our army is still too weak and Turkey and Iran are threats. Iran's President (Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad has warned Iran would fill the void left when US troops depart," he said.
"I trust the Republicans more. They're more capable of establishing democracy in the world, especially in Arab countries," said government official Whamith Shadhan. "Obama is far too left."
And the Obama supporters in Iraq ?
Obama "interrupted his campaign to visit his sick grandmother. That speaks volumes about the man."(Apparently he hasn't heard that Obama had his birth record sealed in Hawaii about the same time)
"We accept black people more readily in the Middle East. We feel closer to them. We have common sufferings."(Race again)
"It would be nice if the Americans elected a black person. And Obama seems less inclined to engage in another war."(Race again)(Wonder if he'll feel that way after Iran overuns the country)