Possibly belying his admiration for the acting abilities of the squinty-eyed Tinsel Town icon, Jordan’s King Abdullah has reportedly vowed payback against the ISIS terrorists of Clint Eastwood-esque proportions. As reported by the Washington Examiner and also by theChristian Science Monitor, both on Feb. 4, 2015, the Middle Eastern monarch channeled the spirit of Eastwood’s “Unforgiven” character of Will Munny in a recent closed door meeting with the US House Armed Services Committee.
On the heels of 26-year-old Lieutenant Mu’ath al-Kaseasbeh of the Royal Jordanian Air Force burned to death at the hands of his ISIS captors, King Abdullah has reportedly vowed “there is going to be retribution like ISIS hasn’t seen,” according to California GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr., a Marine Corps veteran, who was in the meeting with the Jordanian king. A member of the Armed Services Committee, Hunter is not only the first Iraq and Afghanistan Marine Corps vet to be elected to Congress, he holds the rank of Major in the US Marine Corps Reserve.
In a closed door meeting with select members of Congress, Major Hunter intimated of His Highness, “He mentioned ‘Unforgiven’ and he mentioned Clint Eastwood, and he actually quoted a part of the movie.” However, the San Diego Republican kept to himself which specific part of the film King Abdullah quoted. However, Hunter did intimate that the King said “it was where Eastwood’s character describes how he is going to deliver his retribution.”
It’s widely understood that the only scene in the Hollywood blockbuster that could fit the description would be the scene in which Eastwood’s character angrily states to his enemies, (self-censored) “Any man I see out there, I’m gonna kill him. Any son of a b*tch takes a shot at me, I’m not only going to kill him, I’m going to kill his wife and all his friends and burn his damn house down.”
“He’s angry,” Rep. Hunter said of King Abdullah. Reportedly Hunter said of the king’s reaction, “They’re starting more sorties tomorrow than they’ve ever had. They’re starting tomorrow. And he also added that King Abdullah said, ‘The only problem we’re going to have is running out of fuel and bullets.'”
Long known for his pro-Western sentiments, the Hashemite King is also an avowed Anglophile. In 1980 he enrolled in the British version of our West Point, the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. He eventually earned a commissioned into the British Army as a Second Lieutenant, and served for a year as a troop commander in the 13th/18th Royal Hussars.