Recently, Intelligence Squared, a feisty forum in New York, held a debate on the proposition 'Better Elected Islamists Than Dictators,' referring to the choices the United States confronts in the Middle East. The lead speaker for the proposition was a prominent conservative intellectual, Reuel Marc Gerecht. The lead speaker against was .?.?. a prominent conservative intellectual, Daniel Pipes. That's a reflection of the state of conservative thought on the issue.