Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard said the following about Beck's claims:
When Glenn Beck rants about the caliphate taking over the Middle East from Morocco to the Philippines, and lists (invents?) the connections between caliphate-promoters and the American left, he brings to mind no one so much as Robert Welch and the John Birch Society. He’s marginalizing himself, just as his predecessors did back in the early 1960s.As smarmy as that excerpt from Kristol was, he later revealed how truly ignorant he is just two paragraphs later.
We needn’t remind our readers that the most famous of the 9/11 hijackers, Mohammed Atta, was an Egyptian, as is al Qaeda’s number two, Ayman al Zawahiri. The idea that democracy produces radical Islam is false: Whether in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, the Palestinian territories, or Egypt, it is the dictatorships that have promoted and abetted Islamic radicalism. (Hamas, lest we forget, established its tyranny in Gaza through nondemocratic means.) Nor is it in any way “realist” to suggest that backing Mubarak during this crisis would promote “stability.” To the contrary: The situation is growing more unstable because of Mubarak’s unwillingness to abdicate. Helping him cling to power now would only pour fuel on the revolutionary fire, and push the Egyptian people in a more anti-American direction.First of all, the fact that al-Qaeda is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood is blatantly lost on Kristol is astounding but his implication that Atta was driven by America's support of Hosni Mubarak is off the charts ridiculous. Kristol has actually joined the hate-America crowd by insinuating that our support for Mubarak helped to create al Qaeda. For some reason, Kristol is either incapable or unwilling to face reality but it didn't stop with him.
National Review's Rich Lowry chimed in and joined hands with Kristol by saying the latter's 'shot' at Glenn Beck was 'well deserved.'
If Shoebat - someone who was once active inside the Muslim Brotherhood and speaks Arabic - is saying Beck is right, Kristol and Lowry better start re-thinking their established paradigms.