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Glenn Beck Hits Back at Bill Kristol Over Egypt

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On his radio show Monday, Glenn Beck hit back hard at Bill Kristol over comments Kristol made in a recent column.

"People like Bill Kristol ... I don't think they stand for anything anymore," said Beck. "All they stand for is power. They'll do anything to keep their little fiefdom together, and they'll do anything to keep the Republican power entrenched."

Beck was responding to a Weekly Standard column Kristol recently authored, which said:

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.

In my opinion, Beck and Kristol are both advocating reasonable positions. Kristol believes conservatives should back those seeking freedom in the streets, while Beck believes a revolution will most likely lead to Islamists gaining power. Neither of those are absurd opinions -- but they most certainly are emotional.

Beck and Kristol aren't the only conservatives feuding over Islam (and how conservatives should respond to today's challenges). A blog at Monday also accused the American Conservative Union (ACU) -- the group sponsoring this week's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) -- of being involved with the Muslim Brotherhood.

And last year, conservative columnist Ann Coulter and Kristol feuded over Afghanistan.

One interesting aspect to this story is that Beck and Kristol are both employed by Fox News. Typically, the public airing of dirty laundry regarding colleagues is frowned upon by media companies.

You can listen to Beck's recent comments on Kristol here:

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Humans, we are so messy. All the different opnions, dif religions etc. Just can not get a general consensus on most anything. So sad to be human. I DO BELIEVE THAT, ONLY AN INVASION BY A FORM OF ALIENS, WILL GET US TOGETHER TO SURVIVE. And religion has to disapear from our lifes. Till then, good luck for no more wars hunger etc...

February 15 2011 at 1:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It is sad watch the downfall of Mr. Kristol, a very talented writer and analyst. Unfortunately, his idea of "Conservative" is a lighter brand of "Progressive". As a member of the Republican 'elite', he believe this is the best way to retain perceived power. That's why they gave us John McCain as a candidate in 2008. That is why they eagerly join with Progressives to lash out against the grass roots, tea party movement and Sarah Palin, who offer "a choice, not an echo". Like their ideological look- alike Progressive friends, Mr. Kristol and his friends in the 'elite fraternity feel (rightly) that they are threatened as Americans increasingly form their own opinions. As to Glenn Beck, love him or hate him, he offers solid proof of his positions and urges viewers/listeners to do their own research. Had Mr. Kristol done his research, he might have been better served.

February 08 2011 at 2:33 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I'll take Glenn Beck over Bill Kristol any time. Glenn...keep on keepin' on. Glenn backs everything up with film. Kristol's a nobody. If Glenn would ever be removed we would all be in big trouble...Wise up people.

February 08 2011 at 2:14 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

The left after the left and the right after the right,,, I do believe that is exactly what Beck said. These two will tear each other apart until only the middle is standing firm. This actually gives a little credit back to Beck,(if only in my eyes,that's fine with me), but when Fox gets rid of him he'll actually be disassosiated from them and have a lot more backing from the middle. Look at it like this people of this new America. Take a teeter totter for example(or the scales of justice),,, what happens when one side goes up,,,does the other side not go down. And usually some wiseguy either jumps off and slams the other, or pushes up really fast hitting the other with the seat(and you all know this) See Beck, you just have to explain it in elementary ways for these people to understand what it is that your saying. I for one stay right in the middle and use a gentle swaying motion to absorb the shock on each side,,,and I keep track of it all so that I can know who has control(which I see as no-one). Don't rock the boat and you can stay onboard, but if you do make your employers angry,,,just know that you won't be a puppet for their profit. How is this bad Glenn? Isn't this exactly what you are so desperately searching your soul to figure out (reference madmen wondering the Earth) and what is it that makes these men so mad(not mental illness I charge) but the complete disregard for God...simply put(and notice that I have not called names or used profanities in this comment, but if attacked the only thing to attack me on is exactly what this nation has forgotten,,, God) I will respond to any intelligent question or debate any situation with anyone, but be prepared before you sit at my table.

February 08 2011 at 8:46 AM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply

"Kristol and Beck are both employed by Fox News" This proves that Fox News does not have an agenda and is open to fair and balanced debate even amongst it's own personnel. Ever see O'Reilly and Geraldo go at it?

February 07 2011 at 6:33 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Help me out here. Beck and Kristol can rant and rave all they want about will or will not happen on the streets of Egypt with no affect. The people will speak and will decide what and who will govern them as long as no one from the outside interfers. We can only hope that Allah bequeathed the same inalienable rights of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness on them and did our deity did on us.

February 07 2011 at 5:38 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply

i go with beck.

February 07 2011 at 4:41 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply

While I disagree with Bill Kristol on most of the issues I respect his intelligence and consistent point of view. Glenn Beck is totally inconsistent about most issues. He sees connections and dangers where not exist. Most of his positions make absolutely no sense.

February 07 2011 at 4:19 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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ajcook111, Can you point out some specific examples of "Glenn Beck [being] totally inconsistent about most issues"? Have you ever watched or listened to Mr. Beck's program? Have you ever- as he suggests- done your own research of the issues?

February 08 2011 at 3:00 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Glenn Beck ranting and raving? What else is new?

February 07 2011 at 3:48 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Its great that Olbermann is off the air now if we can get the right wing airbag Beck off the air maybe people can move forward and resolve problems

February 07 2011 at 3:36 PM Report abuse -8 rate up rate down Reply

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