Picture of the Day: A chickensh*t and a fighter

Today’s picture — actually pictures (plural) — comes courtesy of Breitbart’s John Nolte, who posted the companion images on Twitter. One of them, as the title denotes, is a coward — or, more precisely, a chickensh*t. The other shows a fighter.

You will have no trouble identifying the smooth operator on the right. The identity of the dude on the left may pose more of a challenge, so let me provide some background. According to Wikipedia, our mystery man

joined the Israel Defense Forces during the Six-Day War in 1967 and became a team leader in the Sayeret Matkal special forces unit. He took part in many missions, including Operation Inferno (1968), Operation Gift (1968) and Operation Isotope (1972), during which he was shot in the shoulder. He fought on the front lines in the War of Attrition and the Yom Kippur War in 1973, taking part in special forces raids along the Suez Canal, and then leading a commando assault deep into Syrian territory. He achieved the rank of captain before being discharged.


The fellow on the right never served in the armed forces and recently returned the salute of a Marine while holding a cup of latte in his saluting hand. In January 2013 he allowed as how he regularly shoots skeet at Camp David and called upon gun-control proponents to “do a little more listening” to gun owners in the national debate over firearms. If that isn’t proof enough that he is everyman when it comes to the gun debate, he allowed himself to be photographed in June 2013 engaged in a shootout with his daughters. The weapon of choice was water pistols:

Obama training for combat, just in case
Obama training for combat, just in case

So who’s the guy on the left: the one who’s really dressed for combat? Why it’s none other than a young Benjamin Netanyahu, defamed yesterday by an anonymous senior administration official as a chickensh*t.

The State Department announced today that it won’t attempt to find out which official used that slur in referring to the Israeli Prime Minister. At the same time, the White House does not deny that one of its higher-ups characterized Netanyahu that way.

Feel free to label the two black-and-white photos any way you see fit.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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