When Gallup issued its annual poll of the men Americans most admired in 2014, it featured two improbable names at No. 10: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. All things considered, 2014 wasn’t a terribly good year for either.
First thoughts: (1) The poll was for "most admired" but I suspect many people answered according to whom they "most respected". (2) Nowhere does the Reuters writer mention the most obvious commonality: a strong stand against radical Islam and terrorism. (3) The condescending tone and the caricatured notions of "bravado" (and in the next breath, "John Wayne") tell us nothing about Netanyahu and Putin, and everything about a class of intellectual sophisticates who do not even have a word in their language for strength, courage, determination, or leadership.