June 09, 2003

Wolfowitz: Strauss Just Taught Me

Wolfowitz: Strauss Just Taught Me Some Plato & Montesquieu!

This nugget from the Tannenhaus interview got lost in the entire 'bureaucratic reasons' firestorm but is worth quoting again:

Q: "First of all, the question of ideas. That is, is there anything at all, we talked about this a little off the record, is there anything at all to the Straussian Connection?

Wolfowitz: It's a product of fevered minds who seem incapable of understanding that September 11th changed a lot of things and changed the way we need to approach the world. Since they refused to confront that, they looked for some kind of conspiracy theory to explain it.

I mean I took two terrific courses from Leo Strauss as a graduate student. One was on Montesquieu's spirit of the laws, which did help me understand our Constitution better. And one was on Plato's laws. The idea that this has anything to do with U.S. foreign policy is just laughable."

Indeed.

Posted by Gregory at June 9, 2003 03:37 PM
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