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  •  And, Leo Strauss... (4.00)
    wrote like this.  In fact, writing text like this, that had meanings on several levels, was what he did and what he encouraged his neo-con minions, like Wolfowitz, to do.  

    One of methods Strauss used to interpret books was structural analysis (as opposed to post-structural), and he often examined how authors played with time and tense (past, present, future).  Strauss also wrote his text in this way.  

    The creepy passage you have quoted is one I think we should focus on (at least to start).  

    Let's look at it's structure from a binary standpoint:

    (1a) "You went to jail in the summer." (Past/History)

    (1b) "It is fall now." (Near future; it wasn't fall, but fall is coming.)

    (2a) "You will have stories to cover... (Past/history)

    (2b) "Out [W]est, where you vacation, the aspens will already be turning."
    (Near future; something is coming/about to happen?)

    I think we all can agree that the test of (2b) is odd locution, to say the least.  I think it is definitely the payoff here, and it could be limited to the Fitzgerald situation, i.e. the interpretation advanced above that some neocon (maybe Franklin) has been flipped.  I think this is likely.

    However, given the very public clairvoyance of neocons/PNAC on matters of national security, we should not totally discard his SUBSTANTIVE reference to her stories.  

    As you suggest, this reference might imply that a cell has been activated.  It also might refer to some other disaster that is going to occur.  

    It is certainly interesting that the "W" in "Out West" is capitalized.  Is this a reference to George W. Bush?  

    I would also be interested in both the literal meaning of "where you vacation", i.e. finding out where Judy vacations, and the figurative, i.e. does vacation have any other significance.  With regard to the latter point, we can note that George W. was on vacation immediately preceding both 9/11 and Katrina.

    Finally, the "aspens will already be turning" is also tangled locution.  And, it is tangled in the manner of Strauss, i.e. temporally.  In other words, "will already" is contradictory with regard to time.  "Will" means future, while "already" means past.  This therefore could have a meaning other than the one we've come up with, i.e. Fitzgerald has flipped some witnesses.  

    I have to admit, I'm stumped on the "will already."  He could mean that a plan she is aware of is about to be executed.  This would suggest a different meaning for "aspens" and "turning."  Both words could be code among neocons as suggested here as well.

    As I mentioned above, there is a Professor at a University in Canada (Toronto maybe?), who is an expert on Strauss and how to read his text.  I think it would be interesting to get her opinion.

    •  Maybe "Out West" refers to George (none)
      Bush ("W", West Wing), and they're going to out him--i.e. he's going to get the blame, they can ditch him, and preserve the neocon agenda.  In line with some comments upthread.

      ...the White House will be adorned by a downright moron...H.L. Mencken

      by bibble on Sat Oct 01, 2005 at 05:42:58 PM PDT

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    •  Shadia Drury? (none)
      Is that the one.  Her books are very interesting.  She wrote "Leo Strauss and the American Right."  I also have her recent book on Terrorism, but haven't read it yet.

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