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This Thursday the Taliban allowed about 100 Americans and other foreigners to fly out of Afghanistan to Qatar. And a second similar flight took off safely on Friday. Still it is reported that thousands of Afghan residents think that they are in immediate danger of Taliban reprisals for working as interpreters and advisors with the U.S.A. during the war. Many of them are gathering in the northern city Mazar-e-Sharif, hoping to board chartered evacuation flights.
Yes, in a month’s time things have changed. Right now the Kabul Airport is said to be 90% operational and is set to reopen gradually. From the terminal white flags are flying emblazoned with the Taliban message “The Islamic Emirate seeks peaceful and positive relations with the world.” Yet on August 26 of this year, this same airport was the scene of a brutal suicide bombing which killed at least 60 Afghans and 13 U.S. Troops. And an Islamic State group claimed responsibility for these killings on its Amag news channel.
Tomorrow U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken addresses the House Foreign Affairs Committee in a public hearing and on Tuesday he is scheduled to testify concerning matters related to the 20-year Afghan war. He will most certainly face the questions, as to why the U.S. did not start evacuating American citizens sooner in the withdrawal and why U.S. intelligence did not forecast the airport bombing. Polls show that most U.S. voters support President Biden’s decision to end the “forever war” but not exactly in the manner that the withdrawal unfolded.
Grady Means, an opinion writer from The Hill, claims that it’s time for a reset. He wants Biden and Blinken to step up to the plate and correct their diplomatic failures, at least the dozen that he names. “That will require a clear and effective diplomatic strategy, backed up by appropriate and credible hints of economic and military force. In this game of three-dimensional chess, there are a set of urgent moves the administration should make quickly.” He also claims that neither Biden or Blinken have established effective world relationships or understandings to date.
Antony Blinken was born on a Monday in the zodiac sign of Aries. The impressionable Moon is the ruler of his INNER SELF and assertive Mars governs his OUTER SELF. Those born with the #13 MON ARI Dayology Signature let nothing stand in the way of their quick responses.
Joseph Biden was born on a Friday in the zodiac sign of Scorpio. Venus is the ruler of his INNER SELF and crusading Mars governs his OUT SELF. Individuals born with the #68 FRI SCO Dayology Signature are at their best when they are defending those who cannot protect themselves.
While these two political figures have entirely different Dayology Signatures, they share the planet Mars as ruler of their individual OUTER SELVES. That makes each of them incredibly assertive when there is cause for them to be so. Mars ruling Aries gives Blinken a warrior-like nature. As a rule he acts out of principle and respects authority. He is exceptionally decisive in his moves. Biden’s Mars ruler of Scorpio operates more like a strategist. He has a tendency to nurse his concerns and then push forward with tremendous force. Biden is bitterly courageous, but it is also true that if angered, he might act from the motives of revenge or retribution.
We expect people of power to exercise dynamic wills, The current U.S. president and secretary of state seem to be going about things a bit differently. They may be “feeling” and “testing” things out. Both men have reflective souls within their assertive personalities. Blinken’s Moon ruled INNER SELF tries to be aware of the possible repercussions of his actions. Biden’s Venus ruled INNER SELF is eager to make things better for all. We are fortunate to have two men willing to protect our priorities and straighten out the disarray that has been left to us. But does it mean that they will please everyone with their policies? Certainly not. But maybe, we could use a different attitude when it comes to getting along with the rest of the world.