AMERICA: CHILD NEEDING BABYSITTER, REVISITED. I know that I have a president who has speechwriters. They write speeches. So, is it too much to ask that they somehow arrange it so that, here in the middle of World War Whatever It Is, as the existential boogedy-boogedy reaches high tide and we confront the threat from Islamo-nazified-fascistic wha-dee-doo-dah, that the president of the United States not sound like a 12-year-old babysitter speaking to a room full of toddlers? From Wednesday night:

We face an enemy that has an ideology; they believe things. The best way to describe their ideology is to relate to you the fact that they think the opposite of the way we think. We treasure the freedom to worship. We value the freedom for people to express themselves in the public square. We honor the right for people to be able to raise their children in a peaceful society so they can realize their dreams. The enemy we face doesn't believe in dissent. They don't believe in the freedom to worship. They got a narrow view of freedom. But this enemy is particularly lethal because they're willing to use whatever tactic is necessary to achieve their objective.
You know, right after September the 11th, I knew that one of my challenges would be to remind the American people about the dangers of the world.

As soon as someone explained the difference between Shiites and Sunnis to me, of course. Jesus wept.

--Charles P. Pierce