Good for conservative pundit William Kristol and others for challenging Fox News host Glenn Beck's "hysteria" and wild speculation about the uprising in Egypt. "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," Kristol wrote in Weekly Standard. Siding with a dictator instead of the people, Kristol wrote, is "a sign of fearfulness unworthy of Americans, of shortsightedness uncharacteristic of conservatives, of excuse-making for thuggery unworthy of the American conservative tradition." Beck's response: "I don't even know if you understand what conservatives are anymore, Billy."