NPod, Spinozan Heretic?

It is not every day that a column I read sends me running to pull Leo Strauss from my shelf, but then it is not every day that I read a column by Norman Podhoretz. This is ironic, because I’m after all a philosemite, and one imagines that Strauss is the guy who makes less of a deal about his Jewishness than Podhoretz. But the opportunity must never be missed to enjoy the delicious irony of citing Strauss chapter and verse to rebut a neocon.

Because this is a story to be savored at length, I lay it all out here.