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    Former U.S. diplomat John Bolton alleged Thursday that the Obama administration leaked a story about covert Israeli activity in order to foil potential plans by the country to attack Iran's nuclear program.

    Bolton, who served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in the George W. Bush administration, was responding to an article in Foreign Policy magazine that quoted government sources claiming Israel had been granted access to airfields in Azerbaijan -- along Iran's northern border.

    The article did not state exactly what the Israelis' intentions were, but it suggested it could point to a possible strike on Iran.

    "I think this leak today is part of the administration's campaign against an Israeli attack," Bolton claimed on Fox News.

    The White House did not respond to Bolton's claims Thursday.

    Bolton, a Fox News contributor, noted that a strike launched from Azerbaijan would be much easier for the Israelis than a strike launched from their own country -- jets could stay over their targets longer and worry less about refueling. But he said tipping the Israelis' hand by revealing "very sensitive, very important information" could frustrate such a plan.

    Speaking afterward to FoxNews.com, Bolton said he didn't have hard proof that this was an intentional administration leak to halt an Israeli attack.

    But he noted widely reported comments from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in February that he thinks the Israelis could strike as early as April. If that's the case, Bolton said, then it would be "entirely consistent" for the administration to try to avoid that impending outcome.

    The Foreign Policy article quoted what were identified as "high-level sources ... inside the U.S. government." It specifically mentioned "four senior diplomats and military intelligence officers."

    One intelligence officer, who was unnamed, told the magazine that the U.S. was "watching" the activity and was "not happy about it."

    The Foreign Policy article did not specify whether any of the information came from the White House, and there is no direct evidence that this was a coordinated leak.

    "Clearly, this is an administration-orchestrated leak," Bolton told FoxNews.com. "This is not a rogue CIA guy saying I think I'll leak this out."

    "It's just unprecedented to reveal this kind of information about one of your own allies," Bolton said.

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    Sounds exactly like something they would do.


    Especially in light of this:

    A spokesman for Media Matters for America, which communicates directly with the White House in a weekly "strategy call," boasted in 2010 of President Obama's mistreatment of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a forum held by Al-Jazeera.
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    If Bolton says it, then it is probably true. There will be great celebration in the inner circles of Israel when Obama is gone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starbuck View Post
    If Bolton says it, then it is probably true. There will be great celebration in the inner circles of Israel when Obama is gone.
    Followed by a great sigh of relief.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starbuck View Post
    If Bolton says it, then it is probably true. There will be great celebration in the inner circles of Israel when Obama is gone.
    I was disappointed when the rumors of Bolton running for president didn't come true, I would happily have voted for him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockntractor View Post
    I was disappointed when the rumors of Bolton running for president didn't come true, I would happily have voted for him.
    Secretary of State John Bolton has a nice ring to it though.

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    Former president and worst president ever, Barrack The Racist Commie Obama is a better title.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starbuck View Post
    If Bolton says it, then it is probably true. There will be great celebration in the inner circles of Israel when Obama is gone.
    Which nation should the President be concerned about, Israel or his own? If he thinks a war in the Middle East between Iran and Israel (no telling who else gets involved after that) would not be in the interests of the United States of America, shouldn't he work to prevent it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arroyo_Doble View Post
    Which nation should the President be concerned about, Israel or his own? If he thinks a war in the Middle East between Iran and Israel (no telling who else gets involved after that) would not be in the interests of the United States of America, shouldn't he work to prevent it?

    At the fundraiser, Biden also assessed his and Obama's re-election prospects. He expressed confidence in their chances against any of the Republican candidates, but also concerns about the campaign being overtaken by events. "I don't think we'll be beaten by those candidates," Biden said. "I think we'll be beaten -- if we are -- by something happening in the Eurozone, or something happening in the Gulf, which could be difficult for us, or this barrage of Super PAC money.


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    Quote Originally Posted by txradioguy View Post
    Secretary of State John Bolton has a nice ring to it though.

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    Agreed. If nothing else, the exodus of rats from Foggy Bottom would be fun to watch.
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    Which nation should the President be concerned about, Israel or his own? If he thinks a war in the Middle East between Iran and Israel (no telling who else gets involved after that) would not be in the interests of the United States of America, shouldn't he work to prevent it?
    He's more concerned with the effects of a Middle Eastern war on his approval ratings and reelection prospects, since it might interfere with him having more room to give concessions to the Russians.

    Leaking classified information that was provided by an ally in order to undermine the ally's critical security requirements destroys trust and confidence, but doesn't prevent anything, it just makes it more difficult for that ally to operate. The mission will continue, because Israel has no choice in the matter (or do you not believe that Iran will use nuclear weapons in a first strike on Israel, as they have repeatedly said that they will do?), but it will now continue without our being in the loop. Since the Iranians will not believe that we aren't in the loop, and will, in fact, place equal blame on us for any Israeli action, then Obama has guaranteed that we will be caught flat-footed when Israel does act, because they sure as hell won't trust us again. And let's not forget that Iran is at war with us, as they have repeatedly stated. An Iranian nuke doesn't need an ICBM to reach us. They can hand it off to terrorists, or use their new port facilities that Hugo Chavez has so thoughtfully provided to them to bring it close to our coastline. There is also solid evidence of Mexican drug cartels working with Iran and other Islamists, which means that a nuke could be smuggled across our southern border. That means that the cities that are most at risk are San Diego, Dallas, San Antonio and Houston.

    Obama's actions have failed to stop any raid, but have reduced its chances for success, and further endangered the US, which now has far less intel coming from Israel or any other Middle Eastern state (the Saudis, Jordanians and Iraqis aren't too keen on living under Iranian nuclear hegemony, either). He's not so much shot us in the foot as stabbed us in the eyes.

    Oh, and our NATO ally in the region, Turkey, just had a lovely tete-a-tete with Iran, in which Erdoğan defended Iran’s nuclear program and expressed solidarity with their response "to the arrogance of the Western countries.”
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