If you saw my headline this morning, you already know that it was reported that Azerbaijan had granted Israel the ability to use their airbases to stage an attack on Iran. According to the report, Obama was not happy about this one bit. But the key is where the report came from:
Azerbaijan has granted Israel access to airbases in its territory along Iran’s northern border for potential use in a military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, a report published Wednesday in Foreign Policy magazine quoted senior US officials as saying.
“The Israelis have bought an airfield,” an official said, “and the airfield is called Azerbaijan.” …
The Foreign Policy report by journalist Mark Perry, said the Obama administration believes the Jerusalem-Baku relationship is raising the risk of an Israeli strike on Iran. Senior US officials have said that Israel’s military expansion into Azerbaijan is complicating US efforts to defuse Israeli-Iranian tensions. “We’re watching what Israel is doing in Azerbaijan. And we’re not happy about it,” one official said.
It was reported by senior US officials and because of that Bolton believes that the Obama administration is purposefully leaking classified information to dissuade Israel from attacking or to give Iran the information it needs to defeat Israel’s attack:
I think the Obama administration has long believed that an Israeli attack was worse than an Iranian nuclear weapon. The president says that containment and deterrence of Iran is not his policy, and I think today that’s true. But it’s his plan B, it’s his backup plan when his current efforts at sanctions fail, and diplomacy fails, and Iran gets nuclear weapons.
And I think that the pressure that the administration has put on Israel has been just merciless behind the scenes. But nonetheless, as I say, every evidence is that the pressure is failing, that the Israeli government will do what they think is necessary.
So the Obama administration has torqued it up a notch, and now they’re going to reveal very sensitive, very important information that will allow Iran to defeat an Israeli attack. I think that’s what’s going on.
Watch the whole interview: