Thursday, February 28, 2008

"Not one substantive hearing"

During the debate in Cleveland, Hillary Clinton said about Barack Obama:
"He chairs the subcommittee on Europe. It has jurisdiction over NATO. NATO is critical to our mission in Afghanistan...He's held not one substantive hearing to do oversight, to figure out what we can do to actually have a stronger presence with NATO in Afghanistan" (CNN).
If someone is not taking care of the responsiblities they already have, why on earth would anyone vote to give him greater responsiblity?

2 comments:

Brent said...

"Clinton’s claim, while technically true, is unfair, said Andrew J. Fischer, a spokesman for Republican Sen. Richard Lugar. Lugar now serves as a minority member of the Foreign Relations Committee, but he was the chair, from 2003 to 2006, when Republicans controlled the Senate. He is the ranking Republican on the committee.

Fischer, who is a minority staff member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said something as major as NATO’s role in Afghanistan would typically be held before the full Foreign Relations Committee, rather than Obama’s European subcommittee. " (source: http://www.politifact.com/
truth-o-meter/statements/379/)

To see some of what Obama has done since being on the subcommittee, see this link: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/
20080226/ap_on_el_pr/
obama_foreign_policy_glance)

Robert said...

A lot of that is pretty superficial. Of all the candidates, Obama truly is the most inexperienced. Normally, I'd say an Washington outsider is a breath of fresh air, but Obama isn't really any different. He just hasn't had as much time to rack up his socialist federal credentials.