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Pentagon Launches Essay Contest To Glorify Saudi King Abdullah

You can’t make this stuff up, actually you have to as only a fictitious rendition of the life of King Abdullah would be in any way flattering. The Department of Defense, on the orders of chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Jack Dempsey, has started an essay competition to “honor King Abdullah.”

Apparently it was not enough that Secretary of State John Kerry showed obnoxious reverence for the former King of Saudi Arabia, now he must be honored by the US military which has had its service members killed by insurgents from and funded by Saudi Arabia during King Abdullah’s reign.

The Pentagon contest will be hosted by National Defense University and the press release for the contest notes King Abdullah’s support of the US-Saudi alliance and calls the the king “a man of remarkable courage” highlighting his service as a royal commander of the Saudi national guard before becoming king.

The king was a lifetime supporter of his country’s alliance with the United States. Abdullah ruled Saudi Arabia from 2005 to his death, and served as regent of the country from 1995. He is succeeded by King Salman Bin Abdul-Aziz. “This is an important opportunity to honor the memory of the king, while also fostering scholarly research on the Arab-Muslim world, and I can think of no better home for such an initiative than NDU,” Dempsey said in a statement announcing the competition.

The competition will focus on issues related to the Arab-Muslim world and is designed to encourage strategic thinking and meaningful research on a crucial part of the world. The program will be in place at NDU for the next academic year, officials said.

King Abdullah’s role in fostering the spread of Wahhabism and permitting Saudi Arabia to become a major hub of funding for the rise of ISIS should likely not be mentioned. Nor the King’s record amount of beheadings and imprisoning of his daughters.

Whether the essay contest is open to women is not specified in the press release.

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Pentagon Launches Essay Contest To Glorify Former King Abdullah

You can’t make this stuff up, actually you have to as only a fictitious rendition of the life of King Abdullah would be in any way flattering. The Department of Defense, on the orders of chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Jack Dempsey, has started an essay competition to “honor King Abdullah.”

Apparently it was not enough that Secretary of State John Kerry showed obnoxious reverence for the former King of Saudi Arabia, now he must be honored by the US military which has had its service members killed by insurgents from and funded by Saudi Arabia during King Abdullah’s reign.

The Pentagon contest will be hosted by National Defense University and the press release for the contest notes King Abdullah’s support of the US-Saudi alliance and calls the the king “a man of remarkable courage” highlighting his service as a royal commander of the Saudi national guard before becoming king.

The king was a lifetime supporter of his country’s alliance with the United States. Abdullah ruled Saudi Arabia from 2005 to his death, and served as regent of the country from 1995. He is succeeded by King Salman Bin Abdul-Aziz. “This is an important opportunity to honor the memory of the king, while also fostering scholarly research on the Arab-Muslim world, and I can think of no better home for such an initiative than NDU,” Dempsey said in a statement announcing the competition.

The competition will focus on issues related to the Arab-Muslim world and is designed to encourage strategic thinking and meaningful research on a crucial part of the world. The program will be in place at NDU for the next academic year, officials said.

King Abdullah’s role in fostering the spread of Wahhabism and permitting Saudi Arabia to become a major hub of funding for the rise of ISIS should likely not be mentioned. Nor the King’s record amount of beheadings and imprisoning of his daughters.

Whether the essay contest is open to women is not specified in the press release.

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