Bob Beauprez
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“The United States will always have Israel's back when it comes to Israel's security.”

Barack Obama, March 5, 2012

The Israeli back that Barack Obama likes to talk about must be getting pretty sore from all the times the President has stabbed it rather than protect it.

The latest undercutting of Israel’s national security interests came this week with the Obama Administration leaking classified intelligence that Israel had “gained access to airbases in Azerbaijan,” the Muslim nation on Iran’s northern border.  The extremely sensitive and strategically critical information was reported in Foreign Policy magazine as confirmed by “four senior diplomats and intelligence officials.” 

This leak was no accident.

While the Obama Administration fecklessly watches as Iran continues its quest for a nuclear weapon, Israel must wrestle alone with the existential threat they face.  Last month, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta threw Israel under the Obama Administration’s bus by disclosing to the Washington Post that “there is a strong likelihood that Israel will strike Iran in April, May, or June.”

The open-mic disaster in Seoul, South Korea between Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev had to add to the anxiety of the already exacerbated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  With a paternalistic pat on the knee, Obama told the Russian that after his “last election” next November he’d have “more flexibility” on missile defense.  Exactly why Barack Obama feels compelled to cut side deals with Vladimir Putin who reclaimed the Russian Presidency in a corrupt election that was marked by an extremely anti-American campaign agenda is yet another of the Obama paradoxes.   

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Bob Beauprez

Bob Beauprez is a former Member of Congress and is currently the editor-in-chief of A Line of Sight, an online policy resource. Prior to serving in Congress, Mr. Beauprez was a dairy farmer and community banker. He and his wife Claudia reside in Lafayette, Colorado. You may contact him at: http://bobbeauprez.com/contact/