Bad Ass

5 Things You Should Know About Bibi Netanyahu
March 3, 2015

by Smith Callen

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Many Americans who have never heard Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before, were left in awe of his command presence when taking the stage, and also his ability to rhetorically demolish 0bama’s absurd rhetoric about a nuclear Iran to bits.
On the outside, we can all see the visible attributes that makes Bibi such an incredible leader, and wish we had a leader who stood up to terrorists and Islamofascists, instead of appeasing them.
But what you probably didn’t know is that Bibi was quite the badass in his youth, and before taking over as Israel’s leader, he racked up quite the impressive list of accomplishments, as well as made incredible sacrifices for his country.
As compiled by IJReview, here are 5 badass things you probably didn’t know about Bibi:

1. War hero

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The Israeli leader enlisted in the IDF at the young ate of 18, serving in an elite commando unit. He went on to fight in three different wars for his country.
Below: Bibi during a special forces assault of a terror compound

2. Has taken bullets for his country

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Deployed on many dangerous special forces missions throughout his military career, Bibi took a bullet in the shoulder while attempting to rescue the passengers of a plane hijacked by terrorists in 1972. He served on the front lines in the Yom Kippur War, where he was almost killed in the Suez Canal .

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Above: Lieutenant Benjamin Netanyahu during a ceremony to honor the Soldiers from his Sayeret Matkal commando unit. Here he is greeted by then Israeli President Zalman Shazar.

3. His family paid the ultimate sacrifice for  Israel

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During the famous “Raid on Entebbe” in Uganda, Lt. Colonel Jonathan Netanyahu, Bibi’s brother, paid the ultimate sacrifice for his country, as he was killed in action while leading his special forces troops attempting to rescue 100 of his countrymen who had been held hostage on a hijacked flight by Palestinian and East German terrorists.
Not a single hostage was killed, and Netanyahu — the siege’s commander — was the sole Israeli casualty in an operation that is still taught in military schools to this day. ( Hollywood even made a film of it starring Charles Bronson.)

4. Super Smart

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Not only a tough as nails soldier, Bibi is also as smart as a whip.
He earned degrees in Management and Architecture, from two of the most prestigious schools in America — Harvard and MIT. He would go on to be recruited to work for Boston Consulting in 1976, as a coworker of Mitt Romney and eventually becoming a personal friend.

5. One of the most successful politicians in history

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He has held these positions since entering Israeli politics:
·         Deputy Chief of Mission , Israeli Embassy in Washington , DC (’82-’84)
·         Ambassador of Israel to the United Nations (’84-’88)
·         Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (’88-’91)
·         Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office (’91-’92)
·         Chairman of Likud, Leader of the Opposition (’93-’96)
·         Prime Minister (’96-’99 & ’09-present)
·         Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister (’02-’03)
·         Israeli Finance Minister (’03-’05)
·         All around badass (1949-present)

And Netanyahu has now addressed Congress as many times as Winston Churchill.

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So before Barack Obama (who can be seen below during his drug-addled “Choom Gang” phase, at the same exact age as the Bibi that accompanies him) tries to further mess with Netanyahu, he might wish to review the list above.
Bibi is a true bad-ass.

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As opposed to 0bama who is just an ass.

Political Musings

English: Headstone (front and back) of Adlai E...

English: Headstone (front and back) of Adlai Eewing Stevenson II. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Democratic party poster 1952 for Adla...

English: Democratic party poster 1952 for Adlai Stevenson. never copyrighted; no (c) symbol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Note the campaign poster comparison between the Republican and Democrat challengers, the message has still not changed nor have the outcomes, the country is still a mess.

This morning while I wait for my bride to get ready for a road trip I am reading e-mails and have some really great ones to share with you. My favorite quote is by Adlai Stevenson, the last great Governor of  Illinois. Aesop wins the most lasting quote award, true in BC and still true today.

 If God wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates.

~Jay Leno~
The problem with political jokes is they get elected.
~Henry Cate, VII~
We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
~Aesop~
If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these State of the Union speeches, there wouldn’t be any inducement to go to heaven.
~Will Rogers~
Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.
~Nikita Khrushchev~
When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I’m beginning to believe it.
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Why pay money to have your family tree traced; go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.
~Author unknown~
Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.
~John Quinton~
Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.
~Oscar Ameringer~
  ;
I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them.
~Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952~
A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.
~ Tex Guinan~
I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
~Charles de Gaulle~
Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.
~Doug Larson~
There ought to be one day — just one — when there is open season on senators.
~Will Rogers~
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