- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Crush on Obama

Obama Girl has upset Obama’s girls.

The Web video of a scantily clad actress pledging her affection for the Democratic presidential candidate has been a hit online, but not in his own home. Barack Obama says his 6-year-old daughter, Sasha, has noticed press coverage of the video.

“Sasha asked Mommy about it,” Mr. Obama said yesterday in an interview with the Associated Press. “She said, ‘Daddy already has a wife’ or something like that.”

“I Got A Crush On Obama” stars an aspiring model and actress named Amber Lee Ettinger, aka Obama Girl. Her song, which has lines like “Universal health care reform, it makes me warm,” has gotten more than 3 million hits and nearly 10,000 comments since being posted two months ago on YouTube, the online video-sharing site.

Mr. Obama said he knows the video was meant to be lighthearted, but he wasn’t smiling when asked about it in the interview in Salem, N.H.

“I guess it’s too much to ask, but you do wish people would think about what impact their actions have on kids and families,” Mr. Obama said.

Focus on Syria

“The United States is at last making significant progress against al Qaeda in Iraq — but the road to victory now requires cutting off al Qaeda’s road to Iraq through Damascus,” Sen. Joe Lieberman, Connecticut independent, writes in the Wall Street Journal.

“Thanks to Gen. David Petraeusnew counterinsurgency strategy in Iraq, and the strength and skill of the American soldiers fighting there, al Qaeda in Iraq is now being routed from its former strongholds in Anbar and Diyala provinces. Many of Iraq’s Sunni Arabs, meanwhile, are uniting with us against al Qaeda, alienated by the barbarism and brutality of their erstwhile allies,” Mr. Lieberman said.

“… But defeating al Qaeda in Iraq requires not only that we continue pressing the offensive against its leadership and infrastructure inside the country. We must also aggressively target its links to ‘global’ al Qaeda and close off the routes its foreign fighters are using to get into Iraq.

“Recently declassified American intelligence reveals just how much al Qaeda in Iraq is dependent for its survival on the support it receives from the broader, global al Qaeda network, and how most of that support flows into Iraq through one country — Syria. Al Qaeda in Iraq is sustained by a transnational network of facilitators and human smugglers, who replenish its supply of suicide bombers — approximately 60 to 80 Islamist extremists, recruited every month from across the Middle East, North Africa and Europe, and sent to meet their al Qaeda handlers in Syria, from where they are taken to Iraq to blow themselves up to kill countless others. …

“That is why we now must focus on disrupting this flow of suicide bombers — and that means focusing on Syria, through which up to 80 percent of the Iraq-bound extremists transit.”

Complaint filed

A liberal blogger has filed a federal complaint against former Sen. Fred Thompson, the actor and unannounced Republican candidate for president, accusing him of violating election laws as he ponders his entry into the race.

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