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Abdullah began his schooling at the Islamic Educational College in Amman. He then attended St Edmund's School, Hindhead, in England, before continuing his education in the United States at Eaglebrook School and Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts. In 1980 he joined the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, was commissioned into the British Army as a Second Lieutenant, and served for a year as a troop commander in the 13th/18th Royal Hussars. In 1982, Abdullah was admitted to Pembroke College, Oxford, where he completed a one-year Special Studies course in Middle Eastern Affairs. In 1987, he attended the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. In 1993, he assumed command of Jordan's Special Forces and became a Major General in May 1998.
Most despotic acts: While King Abdullah II may be hailed by most of the world community - the U.S. included - as an exemplary and progressive Middle Eastern leader, nearly all of his country's political power is in his hands, according to the U.S. State Department. Since the beginning of the Arab Spring, King Abdullah has paid lip service to democratic reforms, although their implementation is yet to be proven. The State Department wrote last year that aide groups in Jordan reported cases of arbitrary arrests, torture, prolonged detentions, and deprivation of life; poor prison conditions; limited freedoms of speech and press, and government interference in the media.
In August 2014 the Jordanian government announced that it would ask parliament to approve two constitutional amendments giving King Abdullah sole authority to appoint the head of the armed forces and director of the kingdom’s General Intelligence Department (GID). Almost three years ago, in October 2011, in response to public protests calling for political reforms, King Abdullah II had approved a number of constitutional amendments that curtailed some of his powers and allowed for the creation of a Constitutional Court and an Independent Elections Commission.
originally posted by: neo96
Our commander in chief could learn a thing or two from Abdullah sans monarchy.
That is what a real leader looks like.
What a real leader should be saying instead of making excuse's for our enemies.
Jordan's snip is on the line more so than most other countries.
ISIS isn't going to stop. Once they consolidate their power.
The real game begins.
Knocking off their neighbors.
Je suis Jordan, and send ISIS back to the gates of hell.