Clash of the Titans
“Defeat the Taliban. Secure the Population.” was the mission General McChrystal presented to the President and his top security advisors during a 2-month long Afghanistan Review.
“Is that really what you think your mission is?” a security advisor in the White House Situation Room asked. For more details see OBama Pushed for Faster Surge at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/05/AR2009120501376.html
The McChrystal Effect on Obama
Sometime after this exchange between September 21st and November 11th, “no drama Obama” or “Obi Wan” as he is affectionately referred to lost his cool. One account quotes Obama as saying: “I don’t want to be going to Walter Reed for another eight years.” Another says he did more than encourage his advisors toward thinking out of the box by saying: “We need to send a message to Karzai of a short-leash, which is necessary now.” The Washington Post reported a White House source saying that Obama didn’t realize he had lost his cool until he reviewed notes taken by a White House Aide.
Obi Wan – what happened?
Our President was forced out of character because he found himself between a rock, a hard place, and a bunch of generals who were not listening. Our President was left with no other option but to personally spearhead the initiative to change the Afghan War mission, force his advisors to re-define the goals, and make a very unpopular war his own. I think, for the benefit of the generals, he may have said “dammit” and tossed his pen on the table a few times.
Right about now, General McChrystal, is probably experiencing what usually happens when you get caught leaking details to the public without first consulting the chief administrator – a complete change of mission, 10,000 fewer troops than requested, and a tight deadline with hard core periodic baseline reviews in preparation for a major one coming up in December 2010. Karzai better behave!
You can learn more about this timeline at: http://aerolithicastrology.blogspot.com/2009/07/jul-21-09-eclipse-event-timeline.html
Degrade v. Defeat
But what does: “degrade the influence of the Taliban so they can no longer threaten the Afghan government’s survival” mean. After reading the mission statement and the negotiations behind achieving it, I took a different look at The Desire for Reforms Eclipse of July 21, 2009 and the Afghan Strategy Sesquiquadrate Transits of December 6, 2009 to find answers. Find out about the Desire for Reforms Eclipse at: http://aerolithicastrology.blogspot.com/2009/07/solar-eclipse-aims-to-start-something.html
The chart below depicts the Desire for Reforms Eclipse in the inner wheel and the Afghan Sesquiquadrate Transits on the outer wheel. The pattern of the chart is Seesaw which brings to mind – imbalance. The Suns of the two charts are approximately 135 degrees apart. Mercury is ruling the 9th house where the transiting Sun resides in the decanent of Mars. Both Saturns are on the right side of the chart generating restrictions in full public view and both Plutos are on the left side of the chart plotting reforms somewhat obscured from view. Transiting Saturn in Libra (Obama) is squaring both Plutos (McChrystal and Pentagon Officials) frustrating restrictions in coming to a balanced agreement about reforms. This weekend, The Washington Post confirmed reports that Obama, displeased with the results, sent his Generals back to the drawing board several times.
At this juncture, I feel its safe to say that the Afghanistan, in the charts below, is depicted by Neptune in the 12th house. America is there to assist an afflicted group of people – Afghan citizens. All of the Afghan War Meeting participants seemed to be in agreement that this part of their mission had not changed. Also in agreement were our President and Vice-President. Obama and Biden both insisted on taking into consideration lessons from the past. This gave center stage to Iraq war hero General Petraeus, now the head of U.S. Central Command. He was described “as all too happy” to convey his lessons learned. He was joined by another war hero General James E. Cartwright, a Marine Corps aviator and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Cartwright spearheaded a change in focus when he proclaimed “the number of additional U.S. troops was less important than how quickly they arrived and departed. A deadline,” he added, “might focus Karzai’s mind.” These were our Afghanistan War Meeting heroes and they emerged as a result of the 11th house North Node in trine aspect to the Reform chart’s Saturn-Vertex conjunction. The North Node infers shared causes, heroes, and heroic actions despite delays and obvious inhibitions conveyed by the influence of Saturn’s rulership in the 11th house and Saturn conjunct Vertex in the 7th.
About the heavy and weighty matters
The next view depicts a tri-wheel chart with President Obama’s Natal Chart on the inside wheel, the Afghan Strategy Sesquiquadrate Chart in the middle wheel and the Desire for Reforms Eclipse Chart on the outer wheel. Yes, the Afghan Strategy chart’s Mars is sitting on top of the descendant making a semi-sextile aspect to Saturn-Vertex but that’s something we all can see and hear about in the news. What we’re not privy to is buried (Part of Saturn) in the 12th House where we find the North Nodes of the Afghan Strategy and Desire Charts conjunct President Obama’s natal Jupiter and Saturn.
The Opium-Heroin War
The North Nodes conjunct Jupiter and Saturn in the 12th house are telling us that Obama’s war focus will be on the Opium trade and the rehabilitation of the Afghan population so they can be free of their dependence on the income of poppies and casual use of Opium. Until then, they won’t be able to effectively defend their country from insurgents or coups. You see, the Afghan’s use or overuse of Opium will soon be transformed into a health issue that threatens to interfere and/or conflict with the work Karzai and the Afghan people need to get done in order to stabilize the country. This is why India, Pakistan, China and South Korea are important allies in this mission. The old, secret, spice routes probably ebb in and out of these countries. The Opium and Heroin may even leave for Europe and the US from clandestine Far East ports.
Over the past 10-days reports have surfaced about a DEA Agent killed in Afghanistan. It seems, our government has already sent out tentacles to assess the sophistication of our Opium-Heroin War adversaries.
The next aspect set to stir events from the Desire of Reforms Eclipse of July 21, 2009 is the Bi-Quintile. I’ll be circulating my astrological predictions for this astronomical event soon. You can find out more about the Desire for Reforms Eclipse of July 21, 2009 at: http://aerolithicastrology.blogspot.com/2009/07/solar-eclipse-aims-to-start-something.html.
About the Series: Since the time of the Pharoahs, eclipses have marked major historical events especially the rise and fall of empires. The Nude Provacateuse by The_Betty has based The Rise of Obama Series on the premise that the Eclipse of August 1, 2008 was the astronomical event opening the road for Barack Obama’s assent to the presidency, and the Desire for Reforms Eclipse of July 21, 2009 is responsible for influencing his 2009-10 political agenda. Find out more about History in the Making at: http://aerolithicastrology.blogspot.com/2009/11/rise-of-obama-history-in-making.html.