Senator John McCain’s campaign ran a TV ad this summer making this claim: “Barack Obama never held a single Senate hearing on Afghanistan.” And McCain repeated the claim last night in the debate.
So it must be true, right? Well… here's the rest of the story.
As chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs, Senator Obama has never held a hearing on Afghanistan. And why would he?
On the other hand, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has addressed Afghanistan, at the committee as a whole level. In the past couple of years, the full committee has held three hearings on Afghanistan, and Obama has attended one of them.
Now here is what I'd call a lie of omission: the Senate Armed Services Committee—of which McCain serves as ranking member—has held at least seven hearings on Afghanistan in the last two years. And McCain did not attend a single one of them—this according to NBC News.
There are liars, damn liars and then there are politicians. Sad, isn't it?