Today on the Dish, Andrew assessed Obama's strategic mind here and here. Steve Coll and Andrew address what the president is confronting in Afghanistan, Julian Sanchez took down the Washington Times over its gay paranoia, and Pareene pwned Hiatt.

Some bizarre balloon-boy footage here and here. Beck's bizarreness continued, with reader reactions here and here.  Creepiness on the far right covered here and here. Palin's chances in the 2012 primary looked good, but, blessedly, her growing unfavorables will stop her (particularly when compared to Obama's).

Our Camo Closet series on DADT continued, and Andrew squeezed in some dog blogging.

-- C.B.

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