Despite the usual Republican caterwauling, the nomination of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense is likely to easily survive the confirmation process. In what would be seen as humorous if it were not so dangerous for the fate of the country, it has become an almost knee-jerk reaction from what was once the Party of Lincoln to viciously oppose anything put forth by President Obama as if it were the incarnation of evil itself. Thoughtfulness and serious policy considerations lay dying by the wayside, ravaged by the obsessive partisan rancor of the rabid pitchfork wielders who now run the GOP.
Of course, there is a corner of the Right that is truly concerned about the Hagel nomination and what it implies. The neoconservatives, whose answer to all foreign concerns is to bomb now and ask questions later (see Iraq), fear that Hagel will be far more scrupulous about utilizing military intervention and far more attuned to the potential devastation that war can bring than would their Kool-Aid drinking lackeys. Happily, their guy lost the election.
As for Hagel, he is now entering the first round of the Uranus/Pluto square in hard aspect to his Sun, which will continue well into 2014. From mid-January through most of February 2013, Pluto will be square to Hagel’s Sun (10Libra54, using a noon time), returning from mid-April through early June, alongside of the first opposition from Uranus to his Sun from late April through mid-May, coming again in late August through September 2013. This first round, which is primarily about Pluto, is bringing Hagel into greater prominence and greater scrutiny, as well as the feeling of needing to push back against the forces aligned to oppose him. The good news for Hagel is that transiting Jupiter is stationary quincunx Hagel’s Mars (6Scorpio50) through mid-February, suggesting that he will have a successful confirmation by that time.
The first crisis he will face as Defense Secretary is likely in late April and May 2013. Uranus, which tends to bring sudden, unexpected and transformative events, will be in opposition to Hagel’s Sun from April 24 to May 13, while Pluto is still in square. This will bring an enormous amount of pressure on the new Defense Secretary, demanding a high level of performance.
It should be noted that the next transiting Uranus/Pluto square also comes during this period, from May 4 through May 21, likely to bring waves of upheaval across the world in some form. The last exact square, in September 2012, brought the destruction of our consulate in Benghazi and the assassination of our Libyan ambassador, as well as the numerous other anti-American riots and demonstrations in the Middle East and South Asia that came with these events.
Of further significance for Hagel is the transit of Saturn conjunct his Mars (6Scorpio 50) and square his Saturn (6Leo55) from May 2 to May 17, indicating he will be making some onerous choices in difficult circumstances, none of which will seem optimal at the time. This transit is almost simultaneous to the transit of Saturn square the US Node (6Leo36) from May 6 to May 21 (during the Uranus/Pluto square) which strongly points to agitation and strain in some US relationships with other nations and treacherous circumstances for US interests on foreign soil. The progressed US Moon square to natal US Pluto (27Capricorn33) from May 7 peaking on June 7 further suggests that the US population is upset and dealing with some kind of emotional turmoil and struggle during these weeks.
There is a great deal more that will be discussed over the coming four years, as Hagel’s chart lights up along with the US chart and the Obama chart at various times. International affairs are likely to be in significant flux as the Uranus/Pluto square continues its potent transformative thrust across the globe through early 2015, impacting the charts of leaders and nations, and shifting many of the current dynamics on the world stage. It seems likely that Chuck Hagel, Obama’s choice for Secretary of Defense, will be in the midst of at least some of this dramatic action.