Time Magazine this week declared,
All the good feeling at the White House at President Bush’s early birthday party on July 4 couldn’t hide the fact that the president finds himself in a world of hurt.
A grinding and unpopular war in Iraq, a growing insurgency in Afghanistan, an impasse over Iran’s nuclear ambitions, brewing war between Israel and the Palestinians — the litany of global crises would test the fortitude of any president, let alone a second-termer with an approval rating mired in Warren Harding territory.
And there’s no relief in sight. On the very day that Bush celebrated 60, North Korea’s regime, already believed to possess material for a clutch of nuclear weapons, test-launched seven missiles, including one designed to reach the U.S. homeland.
Even more surprising than the test (it failed less than two minutes after launch), though, was Bush’s response. Long gone were the zero-tolerance warnings, “Axis of Evil” rhetoric and talk of pre-emptive action.
Instead, Bush pledged to “make sure we work with our friends and allies … to continue to send a unified message” to Pyongyang. In a news conference after the missile test, he referred to diplomacy a half dozen times.
If you’ve missed my earlier articles on the President, one of the hallmarks of his chart is un unaspected Mars (meaning that the planet Mars makes no major aspects to other planets in his chart). Because Mars is the planet of aggression and warfare, when it is untempered by other planets in the birthchart it tends to operate as a loose cannon. Bush also has a stellium of four planets in Libra (hence the famous charm) including Jupiter which squares his Sun. The square aspect tends to brings […]