Obama, a president without leadership

Obama official Portrait

Barack Obama

Nearly five months second term, none of his projects from his first mandate have been completed and he has already lost control of his second term agenda, if he ever had one in the first place. His future as a comedian is more promising than his political career.

Much rhetoric and not very much action, Obama seems to suffer from an incurable form of verbal diarrhea. Maybe, like he already suggested, he should just pack up and go home. Many now tend to believe him when he says that his job is very difficult: intelligence sharing “this is hard stuff”, closing Guantanamo “It’s a hard case to make”, Republican governors blocking his health-care law’s implementation “that makes it harder” and responding in Syria “it is a difficult problem” he says.

Well Mister president, if you cannot stand the heat, maybe it is time for you to step out of the kitchen, what I believe you have already done.


Michel Ouellette JMD
Public Affairs & Communications
Columnist, Novelist, and Futurist




Obama: We do not have any business in Syria!


Barack Obama

US president Barack Obama said on Friday he does not foresee a scenario in which he would send US troops to Syria. However, if Syria is found to have used chemical weapons, he will be considering sending lethal aid to Syrian rebels he said, before adding: any additional steps taken by the United States, will be based on the facts on the ground in Syria and what is in the best interests of the American people and US national security. He also stressed out that he would not be pressured prematurely into a deeper intervention into Syria.

A New York Times/CBS News poll released last Tuesday found that 62 percent of Americans believe the United States has no responsibility to do anything about the fighting between Assad’s forces and anti-government rebels confirming my opinion and most certainly Obama’s opinion that the USA does not have any interest or business whatsoever in the Syrian conflict. This is the only reason why Obama has repeatedly shied away from any other than diplomatic US involvement in the Syrian conflict. This is Obama, a lot of hot air, a lot of showmanship and very little if no action.

Yes indeed, Obama will either go down in history has one of the most indecisive or most clever president the United States never had. No matter the judgment of time, his presidency is and will stay one of a lot of hot air and very little action.


Michel Ouellette JMD
Public Affairs & Communications
Columnist, Novelist, and Futurist



Who’s running the show?

FRONTLINE "Dreams of Obama"

I am but Benjamin will have to take the blame!

A new flurry of threats by Israeli leaders to strike Iran on their own has coincided with a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to finalize an arms deal that will guarantee Israel’s regional military supremacy over the Middle East for a decade or two.

Last week, Israeli Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz boast that Israel can act alone if need be and that’s true. But this was without saying that before yesterday; Israel’s military capabilities were not enough to deliver a knockout blow against Iran’s nuclear infrastructure, the in-flight refueling capability being the key factor in such a long-range operation.

Well, yesterday, the United States made Israel’s dream possible.

First, in March, Obama brokered a rapprochement between Turkey and Israel and now this. Why press Israel not to attack Iran, for fear of igniting a region-wide conflagration, and then provide it with the very systems they need to make such and attack possible? Is there something in the wind here that I long suspected and feared?

The Israelis have long threatened to unleash unilateral airstrikes on Iran, despite U.S. pressures not to and despite their own limitations. They’ve been pretty quiet in recent months. Then last week, the Pentagon announced the Israeli government was seeking to buy 86.4 million gallons of petroleum products, mostly fuel used by Israeli air force jets.

Is there something in the air?

Yesterday, the US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon announced the signature of an armaments deal that will ensure the military supremacy of Israel over the Middle East for the next two decades. Hagel pointed out that the deal involves the selling of defense platforms never before made available by the United States to another country, adding that he had begun talks with Ya’alon about a future assistance program to Israel for 2017, when the current agreement ends.

“We are in a tough neighborhood in the Middle East,” Ya’alon said. “Iran is a security threat which funds Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza. It is involved in terrorism in the whole world – Afghanistan, Yemen, and Libya.” Ya’alon said that while he prefers a diplomatic solution to end the Iranian nuclear program, Israel is prepared to defend itself by itself.

Finally, last week, the Pentagon announced it was sending 200 American soldiers to Jordan, adding that the deployment could end up being part of a larger movement of 20,000 soldiers to secure loose chemical weapons in neighboring Syria.

There is definitely something cooking!

While the American and Israeli defense officials are welcoming their new arms sale agreement as a major step toward increasing Israel’s military strength, some others Israeli officials are saying that this new deal is still leaving them without the weapons they need if they decide to attack Iran’s deepest and best-protected nuclear sites.

The new weapons sale package includes aircraft for midair refueling and missiles that can cripple an adversary’s air defense system. But what the Israelis wanted most was a weapons system that is missing from the package: a giant bunker-busting bomb designed to penetrate earth and reinforced concrete to destroy deeply buried sites. According to both American and Israeli analysts, this weapon known as “Massive Ordnance Penetrator”, is the only weapon that would have a chance of destroying the Iranian nuclear fuel enrichment center at Fordow, which is buried more than 200 feet under a mountain outside the holy city of Qum.

Iran having consistently denied that it wants nuclear weapons and has called its uranium enrichment activities peaceful, the Obama administration always has been and is still reluctant to even discuss selling such capability to the Israelis pointing to a decision by President Obama to send advanced refueling tanker planes to Israel that would make it possible for the country’s fighter aircraft to reach as far as Iran.  A similar refueling capability was turned down during the administration of former President George W. Bush.

To attack or not to attack, that is the question!

“It’s all about timetables,” said Dore Gold, the president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and a member of Mr. Netanyahu’s inner circle of strategists: “If you say the goal is to halt Iran in the enrichment phase, you don’t have much time, maybe you can give it another year or more.”

The bets are open!


Michel Ouellette JMD
Public Affairs & Communications
Author, Novelist, and Futurist

À quand l’attaque d’Israël sur l’Iran?


Demain ? L’an prochain ? 2015 ou 2018 ?

Par le passé, les États-Unis s’étaient toujours opposés et refusés à fournir quel qu’avantage militaire que ce soit à Israël sur l’Iran mais voici que les États-Unis viennent à peine de changer leur fusil d’épaule : Une entente pour la fourniture d’armements conclue entre les États-Unis, Israël, l’Arabie Saoudite et les Émirats arabes Unis vient d’être signée pour un montant de dix milliards de dollars. Cette entente assurera maintenant à Israël un avantage certain sur les capacités militaires de l’Iran. Si ce n’est pas un feu vert implicite donné à Israël pour se lancer dans l’aventure de frappes militaires contre les sites nucléaires iraniens, cela y ressemble fort.

Probablement consciente de ce risque (calculé), l’administration américaine, par prudence (ou par aveuglement volontaire), a beaucoup insisté pour que sa décision de fournir des armements sophistiqués à l’État juif ne soit pas interprétée comme un accord tacite à une accélération de la planification d’une attaque de l’Iran et, en ce sens, a refusé de fournir à Israël l’arme ultime qui lui aurait permis une attaque immédiate des installations nucléaires iraniennes : le M.O.P « The Massive Ordnance Penetrator,» bombe de pénétration massive fort utile pour détruire les bunkers nucléaires souterrains des Iraniens.

Le secrétaire américain à la défense, Chuck Hagel, a  par contre reconnu que ce contrat de vente d’armes américaines à Israël était un “signal très clair pour l’Iran”. Israël “prendra la décision qu’il doit prendre pour se protéger et se défendre lui-même”, a-t-il ajouté.

Les paris sont ouverts !


Michel Ouellette JMD
Public Affairs & Communications
Author, Novelist, and Futurist


North Korea getting ready for April 25

North Korea

April 25, a new possible date for a North Korean missile lunch test

South Korean report says Pyongyang has moved two launchers to its east coast in preparation for expected missile test.

Expectations had been high that Pyongyang would carry out a test to coincide with celebrations marking the birth of North Korea’s late founding leader Kim Il-Sung on April 15 but it did not materialise. April 25 could be another possible date for a missile test launch. This date coincides with the founding anniversary of the North’s military.

Even though the US President Barack Obama has expressed doubt over the North’s capabilities of Pyongyang to arm a missile with a nuclear warhead, the Musudan missile (seen as most likely to be tested), has an estimated range of 2,500km to 4,000km. This is enough to reach South Korea, Japan and potentially the United States military bases on the Pacific island of Guam.

North Korea had offered the United States and South Korea a list of conditions on Thursday for disarmament talks, including the lifting of UN sanctions against North Korea.

“The US should not think about the denuclearization on the peninsula before the world is denuclearised. There may be talks between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the United States for disarmament but no talks on denuclearisation,”

said the North Korea’s
state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper.

How Washington will react to the current threat is still very unclear. Somehow, somewhere, someone will have to stop playing the “My father is stronger than your father” game.

Very much childish!



Michel Ouellette JMD
Public Affairs & Communications
Author, Novelist, and Futurist


123 Millions U.S. for the Syrians Rebels

Syrian rebels

The United States has approved providing Syrian rebels with $123 millions in new non-lethal aid.

The United States has approved providing Syrian rebels with 123 millions dollars in new non-lethal defensive aid that have not been part of the assistance package in the past. The non-lethal defensive assistance could include body armour, night vision goggles, armoured vehicles, and advanced communications equipment.

While the Syrian opposition said that the increase in aid was a step forward, the opposition is also saying that the nature of the support coming from the West remains “very limited” compare to their original demand for… “Some tactical weapons to be able to even the playing field and be able to cope with the massive weaponry that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had.”

Everything considered the decision of the United States and its allied not to provide offensive lethal armaments to the rebel is a very good decision since nobody wants to help terrorist and Jihadists, no matter the reason why.

While the US is prepared to provide a major boost in non-lethal military equipment assistance, European nations considered changes to an arms embargo that would allow arms transfers to the Syrian opposition, which would be insane. Why would you provide Terrorists, Islamists and Jihadists with armaments such as drones and missile capability as per their original demand?

To have them turn against you tomorrow!

The United Nations estimates that the fighting in Syria has killed more than 70,000 people.


Michel Ouellette JMD
Public Affairs & Communications
Author, Novelist, and Futurist



About Kim Jong-un


Kim Jong-un, the supreme leader of North Korea

Do not worry,

There will be no attack on us, no attack on China, no attack on Japan, no attack on Russia and no attack on South. Little Kim was only looking to promote his belly and baby face, to look more serious.

This guy is an international joke but in his own country he is now God, the ruler of the world.


About Iran and Israel


There will be no warning

In the fall of 2012, worried about the progress of Iranian nuclear program, the United States and Israel made a common attempt to strengthen their economic and military pressure on Iran. While the United States was increasing its naval presence in the Persian Gulf, Israel was defying the Iranian authorities.

Today, nothing has change and we are still in the dark about a still possible Israeli-Iranian conflict. All what we know is that over the years, Iran made significant progress in developing its own uranium enrichment technology. At the underground Fordo plant, over a thousand centrifuges have been installed, most of them operating at full capacity in September 2012. In August of 2010, the Bushehr nuclear plant was completed and operational. Since then, we assisted to this constant and persistent mutual exchange of threats between Tel Aviv and Tehran.

Over time, many analysts were inclined to think of a possible Israeli strike on the Iranian nuclear facilities. It did not happen. If this had happen, the response from Iran would have been devastating.

In May 2011, the former head of Mossad, Meir Dagan warned the Israeli government about a possible doomsday scenario. Dagan did not believe in a possibility of destroying the Iranian nuclear program with a single strike. At the same time, the United States and the allied Western countries had nearly exhausted their entire arsenal of economic sanctions against Iran. Such arsenal of sanctions was renewed in 2012 and the pressure on Damascus maintained.

Since then, we did not hear much from either the Iranian or the Israeli side and the question about the possible nuclear weapons allegedly being secretly developed by Iran is still unclear. Whatever the answer to this question is, I can tell you something: Iran and Israel are no North Korea; Iran and Israel are no Syria! If either one or the other has belligerent thoughts towards one another, we will be the last ones to know.

There will be no warning; there will be no barking; there will be no talk!


Syria and North Korea dominating G8 meeting

G8 UK 2013

Kerry did not make any promises

As the G8 foreign ministers are holding a second day of talks in London focusing on Syria and North Korea, the US Secretary of State John Kerry, as predicted and expected, especially since some of the Syrian opposition leaders recently pledged their allegiance to Al-Qaeda, did not make any promises as the same Syrian opposition leaders renewed their appeals for lethal aid.

Western and Middle Eastern nations supporting the opposition will meet in Turkey on April 20, where US Secretary of State John Kerry will attend the meeting of the so-called Friends of Syria “core group” in Istanbul. My personal belief, considering that the G8 consist of the US, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Canada and Russia, is that the Syrians are going to have to fight their own war.

North Korean threats of war are also high on the agenda of the G8 talks.


How far is Kim Jong-un ready to go?


How crazy are you….

North Korea’s next act of defiance against  the United states could be a critical one.

If little Kim sticks to the North Korean playbook, Pyongyang will test-fire one or two missiles in the next few weeks to come. These missiles with hit the open water and then, little Kim will claim victory, sit back and enjoy. Anything else could backfire on him and it would be only the beginning of a grand finale with fireworks, all in his backyard.

Certainly not a celebration he would enjoy.