In advance of Obama's big speech tomorrow, Andrew took stock of the situation in Afghanistan and Iraq. He also excoriated Rick Warren's silence on Ugandan gays, called out Seth Lipsky's blind praise of Palin's blind praise of Israel, mulled over Scottish independence, and, with the help of Frum, analyzed the latest polling of Republicans on fiscal values.

The debate over Swiss minarets continued here and here. The exposure of Palin's deceit also continued; Joe McGinnis revealed that she hasn't been on the bus much, Geoffrey Dunn showed that she can't even keep her quotes straight, and Craig Medred found much, much more. While many laugh off her absurdity, Yglesias and Andrew fret.

-- C.B.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.