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Celebrating Moderate Beheadings: Pentagon Says Tell Us Why Abdullah Was Cool and Win A Wife

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Mind-bogglingly, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey is sponsoring an essay contest at the National Defense University to honor Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah, whom he praises as "a man of remarkable character and courage” presumably on the basis of Abdullah's remarkable achievements - his arresting, jailing, torturing, mutilating and killing of hundreds of his own citizens found to be "criminals" for offenses like questioning Saudi policies; his denying of basic human rights to migrant workers, domestic workers,  peaceful protesters and women forbidden under law from getting passports, driving, studying, traveling or leaving the house without permission from a male guardian, including his own daughters whom he reportedly held under house arrest for years; his sanctioning of domestic violence and child abuse; his financing of terrorism around the world including most of the 9/11 attackers; his dismal record of human rights abuses and brutal punishments said to rival those of ISIS; and his beheading of 87 people, mostly poor guest workers, in 2014, and ten more people so far this year, including a woman whose daylight beheading was recently captured on video. The person who filmed it has now been arrested.

Still, in their obituary for Abdullah, who died last week at 90, the New York Times praised him as "a force of moderation." President Obama, who hurried off to make nice at his funeral, likewise celebrated Abdullah as "a leader (who) had the courage of his convictions.” And now here's General Dempsey eager to honor the king, said to be responsible for removing many of the fingernails of those held prisoner by him, with yet more fine tributes, none of them mentioning oil. Dempsey's essay idea has reportedly met with some skepticism: It's been suggested we should have similarly honored Stalin or Hitler, that hopefully the essay winner will get a complimentary wife, and that Raif Badawi, the Saudi blogger sentenced to 10 years in jail and 1000 lashes for postings critical of the House of Saud, should at least be eligible to enter, if he's still alive. All good ideas and priorities for a U.S. military clearly in need of some.

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