Friday, January 31, 2014

Robert Gates former Secretary of Defense:His Double Birth Order

Robert Gates former Secretary of Defense: His Double Birth Order

Making the rounds of all the talk shows this week has been
 Robert Michael Gates promoting his autobiography Duty 
where he gives us an insight into the Obama administration. 
He has had a history of government service,serving as the 
15th Director of the CIA and in various positions under 
eight US Presidents from Nixon to Obama.  With all these 
years in public service 1967-2011 you would think it would 
be easy to find out the information to determine his birth 
order, well it wasn’t.  I guess the CIA is a master at 
protecting their employees and their families, but not from
this birth order detective.

We know he went to Wichita East High and graduated in 1961.
He was a straight A student and achieved the rank of Eagle 
Scout. He sang in the boy’s choir and at one time put together 
a collection of animal brains, maybe an early sign he would 
work for the CIA. College was William and Mary in Virginia 
graduating in 1965.  Next it was Indiana University where he
earned a master’s degree in 1965.  It was here he met his
future wife Becky who he married in 1966.  He received a 
doctorate in Russian and Soviet history from Georgetown 
University in 1974.

It was at Indiana University in 1965 that he was recruited by 
the CIA. After two years of service in the US Air Force he 
joined the National Security Council under Richard Nixon. 
Deputy Director of the CIA in 1982,  Deputy national security 
director 1989-1991 under George H.W. Bush.  Director of
CIA 1991-1992. In 1999 he began working at Texas A&M 
becoming its President three years later. In 2006 he was 
appointed secretary of defense by President George W Bush 
and kept in this position by President Obama until 2009
when he resigned.

The Only/Two Birth Order
Robert Gates was born September 25th 1943 in Wichita 
Kansas. When he was born he had an older brother Jim at
least 6 years older who became a school principal.  This 
makes Robert Gates an Only/Two double birth order.  He
would show Only characteristics  60% of the time those 
of a Two 40% .  This Only/Two would be the person that 
would be asked to take charge of things but could also keep 
secrets.  The Only side of his birth order would allow him
to work with One’s and Only’s.  In the White House our
President Obama is a One/Only double birth order, Joe
 Biden a One birth order. Valerie Jarrett a close adviser to 
the President is an Only birth order.  At times the Two side 
of his personality would resent anyone telling him what to 
do but he would keep it to himself.  The number Two sees 
things in clear terms of right and wrong, good and bad and
when what he perceives an injustice taking place will no 
longer keep his silence.  This may have been the reason he 
left his position and wrote his book. He was shocked when
given an "order" by Obama and Biden about Afghanistan. It
showed him they didn't understand the military and it was
"unnecessary and insulting".  Never underestimate this birth 
order from trying to make things right.

A Two/Only Speaks his mind
Now that he is no longer in the government he felt no restriction
to say what has been on his mind.  Nicknamed Yoda by the 
Obama administration probably because of his silence when
he became angry.  As he has said in a recent interview “When 
I get angry I get quieter” Accusing the President of an 
uncommitted policy In Afghanistan, he had to sit in meetings
where the staff made negative comments about the prior 
administration of which he was a part. This shows the strength
 of the Only/Two. Don’t rule him out as a possible Vice-
Presidential pick in the next Presidential election.  This birth 
order is content with a support role and doesn’t crave the 
attention and center stage of a number One.

For more information on Double Birth Orders visit my website
 and purchase a copy of my book Life's Fingerprint: How Birth 
Order Affects Your Path Throughout 
or blog
Dr. Robert V.V. Hurst

Monday, January 20, 2014

Edward Snowden: The Influence of Birth Order

 Edward Snowden: 
The Influence of Birth Order

The media has been all a buzz about the NSA, their collection
of data on all Americans and foreigners as well. The agency’s
position is that it is keeping Americans safe.  Others feel it is
an attack on the 4th and 5th Amendments and the privacy of 
our citizens. It appears it was Edward Snowden, a former 
employee of the CIA and NSA that started this discussion 
with his leaking of information he illegally took from the 
NSA.  Just who is Edward Snowden and are his actions in 
keeping with his birth order?

Edward Snowden
Edward Snowden was born June 21, 1983.  He has a sister
Joy who was born April, 2 1979, four years and two months
older than Edward.  This gives Edward a Two/Only double
birth order as he was four years apart in school from his
sister.  He will demonstrate the Two birth order 50% of the
time and the Only birth order 50%.

The Two/Only Birth Order
Just what are the traits of this birth order combination?  The
number Two birth order is the person that does not want to
be told what to do.  In fact, they are a bit secretive of their
life letting only a few trusted people in.  They see things in life
clearly as good and bad, black and white.  Once their mind is
made up they will rarely change positions.  This is the birth
order sometimes referred two as the stubborn middle child.
When you add the Only influence to this birth order you get
an immovable object.  The Only birth order, powers up this
number Two to go where others would fear to go.  They take
their mission seriously and he may have felt that the intrusion
into one’s life by the NSA was wrong.  On a personal level he
would have hated the intrusion into his personal life and
projected that feeling on to others.
Edward grew up the son of an officer in the US Coast Guard, 
his Mother a clerk in the US District Court in Maryland. His 
parents divorced and he was described by friends as a shy,
quiet, nice boy. He was always articulate even as a child, an
Only child trait. He missed several months of school due to 
illness and rather than return to school passed the test for his 
GED. This Two/Only studied the Japanese language, had a 
basic understanding of Mandarin Chinese and listed 
Buddhism as his religion.

In 2004 he enlisted in the US Army Reserve as a Special 
Forces recruit and wanted to go to Iraq to “help free people 
from oppression”. He never finished his training having 
broken both legs in training. In 2006 he joined the CIA to 
work on IT security. This took him to Geneva, Switzerland 
and Japan. He supported Ron Paul in the 2008 Presidential 
Election and held off on his leaking security information 
waiting on President Obama to make changes, they never 
came.  People at the NSA told a Forbes reporter that 
Snowden was a genius among geniuses.  He was
“principled and ultra-competent, and eccentric". He had 
unlimited access to NSA data, “because he could do things
nobody else could.”

Snowden first made contact with The Guardian newspaper in 
2012. He also contacted documentary filmmaker Laura 
Poitras to help get his story out. In May of 2013 he asked for 
temporary leave from his position in Hawaii and flew to Hong 
Kong.  The published reports told of operational details of 
global surveillance among most Western countries. This 
showed the NSA had spied on most world leaders, specifically 
German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He is now living in Russia
since leaving Hong Kong on June 23, 2013.

Snowden the Idealist
Snowden believes what he did was right and no one will 
change his mind.  This Two/Only will never give in to the 
government and make a deal to stop his disclosures.  He 
has written “ I believe in the principle declared at 
Nuremberg in 1945; “Individuals have international duties 
which transcend the national obligations of obedience. 
Therefore individual citizens have the duty to violate 
domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and 
humanity from occurring.” “people all over the world are 
coming to realize that the NSA’s surveillance programs put 
people in danger, hurt the US and its economy, and limit our 
ability to speak and think and live and be creative, to have
relationships and associate freely as well as putting people at 
risk of coming into conflict with our own government.” He 
sees himself as a crusader for liberty,he will never give in.  
This Two/Only is indeed an immovable object.

You can find more information on Double Birth orders in my 
book: Life’s Fingerprint: How Birth Order Affects Your Path
Throughout Life or visit my website
Dr. Robert V.V. Hurst