My favorite quote from the piece?
"But hysteria is not a sign of health. 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.
Nor is it a sign of health when other American conservatives are so fearful of a popular awakening that they side with the dictator against the democrats. Rather, it’s a sign of fearfulness unworthy of Americans, of short-sightedness uncharacteristic of conservatives, of excuse-making for thuggery unworthy of the American conservative tradition."
For the uninitiated, HERE is some additional information on that band-o-idiots called the John Birch Society. This is a group that believed that FDR was behind the attack on Pear Harbor.
All I can say is "AMEN" Mr Kristol. For the record you don't often see this kind of public rebuking in politics these days, but when you do, it's more often than not done by Republicans. Maybe that's because their fringe is more radical/weird than the fringe of the left. Maybe it's because they simply have more guts than their counterparts on the left. Regardless, score one for Bill Kristol.
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