Your cover piece last week, “Defending Strauss” [by Julie Englander, August 24], while up to the Reader’s excellent standards, is simply beside the point.

It’s not about Strauss’s own views, but the views taken away by his students. (Marx was not a Marxist, etc.) And a significant number of the Bushies seem to consider themselves “Straussian.” So the question isn’t what Strauss thought, but what this malignant clique has decided for themselves that he meant.

Neil Rest