State Dept-cited expert on Syrian rebel “moderates” never was in doctorate program

posted at 12:01 pm on September 17, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

That would be 26-year-old Elizabeth O’Bagy, who worked her way up from intern at the Institute for the Study of War to the house expert on Syrian rebels — providing helpful analyses to those arguing for American intervention on their behalf against Bashar al-Assad.  Both John Kerry at State and John McCain in the Senate relied on “Dr.” O’Bagy’s conclusions that al-Qaeda affiliates comprised only “15-20 percent” of the Syrian “oppositionists.”  After the discovery last week that O’Bagy had misrepresented her doctoral status, ISW fired her, but Josh Rogin gets O’Bagy to admit that she’d never been accepted in the doctoral program at Georgetown at all (via Mediaite):

Elizabeth O’Bagy, the Syria researcher at the center of a week-long controversy surrounding her academic credentials and her work with the Syrian opposition, admitted for the first time to The Daily Beast she was never enrolled in a Ph.D. program despite representations she made to the press and multiple organizations for whom she worked.

O’Bagy, whose work on the Syrian opposition was hailed by Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), was fired from her job as the lead Syria researcher at the Institute for the Study of War on Sept. 10  after it was revealed that she misled her bosses by telling them she had completed a dissertation defense for a Georgetown Ph.D. Subsequently, questions arose as to whether or not O’Bagy was ever enrolled in the joint MA/Ph.D. program that she claimed in her official biography.

O’Bagy confirmed to The Daily Beast that she was only enrolled in a master’s program at Georgetown and had applied to join the joint MA/Ph.D. program but was never accepted.

What does this mean for her claims about the Syrian opposition?  It’s certainly possible that she has a good grip on the situation.  O’Bagy traveled to Syria, speaks Arabic, has talked with some of the players in the Free Syrian Army, and so far no one has asserted that she faked any of that.  Kimberly Kagan, who founded ISW, continued to defend her work even after firing her for lying about her education.

However, her credibility had already been foundering even before that revelation.  O’Bagy had worked on behalf of the Syrian Emergency Task Force on behalf of the rebels, which gave her plenty of motivation to emphasize any “moderate” nature they may have.  The Wall Street Journal was unaware of that affiliation when it ran one of her essays shortly before her termination, although Paul Gigot still declined to dissociate the Journal from the essay entirely:

“We also were not aware of her affiliation with the Syrian Emergency Task Force, and we published a clarification when we learned of it,” Gigot said. “We are investigating the contents of her op-ed to the best of our ability, but to date we have seen no evidence to suggest any information in the piece was false.”

O’Bagy started at the institute as an unpaid intern and was pulled into their work on Syria when a researcher needed a fluent Arabic speaker, which transformed her internship into a much longer gig. Kagan hired O’Bagy as an analyst around August or September 2012, and said her understanding was that O’Bagy was working toward her Ph.D. at Georgetown.

And her credibility isn’t boosted much by her admission to Rogin, either.  Rogin points out that O’Bagy willfully falsified her status at Georgetown:

O’Bagy’s latest admission, that she was never a Ph.D. student in any way, comes after a series of articles in which O’Bagy claimed, falsely, that she was enrolled in the joint MA/Ph.D. program. Kim Kagan, the president of ISW, told The Daily Beast that when she made the decision to fire O’Bagy, she was still under the impression O’Bagy’s deception was solely about defending her Ph.D. dissertation.

O’Bagy insists that it’s all just a misunderstanding:

“There is little I can do to assuage the lack of credibility this misrepresentation has created, as well as the confidence my colleagues and others who have relied on me may have lost the past several weeks. Their anger and distrust is understandable, however, I never intended to willfully deceive anyone,” O’Bagy said.

That seems patently false itself, and certainly misleading.  If O’Bagy represented herself as a Georgetown doctoral-program student several times after being rejected by Georgetown, that is a willful deception — and one intended to maintain her credibility as an analyst.  That colors everything else she has written, especially with her ties to the SETF, which O’Bagy says she always disclosed but somehow never got through to Gigot at the Journal.

Why does this matter?  The Obama administration has decided to waive the restriction on arms transfers to terrorists in order to ship guns to O’Bagy’s “moderate” clients:

President Obama waived a provision of federal law designed to prevent the supply of arms to terrorist groups to clear the way for the U.S. to provide military assistance to “vetted” opposition groups fighting Syrian dictator Bashar Assad.

Some elements of the Syrian opposition are associated with radical Islamic terrorist groups, including al Qaeda, which was responsible for the Sept. 11 attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa., in 2001. Assad’s regime is backed by Iran and Hezbollah.

The president, citing his authority under the Arms Export Control Act, announced today that he would “waive the prohibitions in sections 40 and 40A of the AECA related to such a transaction.”

Those two sections prohibit sending weaponry to countries described in section 40(d): “The prohibitions contained in this section apply with respect to a country if the Secretary of State determines that the government of that country has repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism,” Congress stated in the Arms Control Export Act.

This isn’t exactly a confidence-builder, especially with sources within the US intel community insisting that the rebels are rapidly becoming more extreme, and the most effective force in the field is a declared al-Qaeda affiliate.


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I suggest that the rebel groups be vetted by John McCain who ably demonstrated his ability to discern whether or not the rebels he was recently meeting with were, say, responsible for kidnapping civilians and holding them.

To paraphrase McCain defending his faux pas : “How was I to know that I was being used as a dupe?”

in_awe on September 17, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Elizabeth Warren as character witness in 3, 2,…

socalcon on September 17, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Okay, O’Bagy was pretending to be a PHD-carrying expert on Syria – SO WHAT?! Obama’s has been pretending to be a President for the last 5 years, and no one has made this big of a fuss about him yet!

easyt65 on September 17, 2013 at 2:01 PM

If she claims 1/16th indian lineage, I am sure the liberals will forgive her and ensure she gets an honorary doctorate.

LarryinLA on September 17, 2013 at 2:07 PM

She faked it

isn’t that ALWAYS the case ?

williampeck1958 on September 17, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Ok. So, it’s now a new lie stacked on top of the first lie.

WT-you-know-what is up with these you-know-what-ing people ???

Lie on a resume! Twice!

Yea, that’s real Ph.Dee-ie smarticle that is.

Tsar of Earth on September 17, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Because today is the anniversary of the signing of the U. S. Constitution in 1787, I thought I’d quote the pertinent section:

Article II, Section 4.

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

INC on September 17, 2013 at 1:24 PM

There’s also Section 3 of the 14th Amendment:

No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

ITguy on September 17, 2013 at 2:10 PM

“There is little I can do to assuage the lack of credibility this misrepresentation has created, as well as the confidence my colleagues and others who have relied on me may have lost the past several weeks. Their anger and distrust is understandable, however, I never intended to willfully deceive anyone,” O’Bagy said.

I translated the above text at the TranslateUppityPhDtoLowlyBSspeak.org. Here’s the output:

“I lied.”

Note ‘BS’ in the translator website’s name has a {PhD-on}not much unlike {sniff} duality {pausey-stuttery-thing-they-do} of semantics{PhD-off}.

Tsar of Earth on September 17, 2013 at 2:20 PM

If only the Libs would realize that it would be their heads first on the chopping block if the Jihadi’s ever truly got their way.

We, they hate; Liberals, they despise…

CaptFlood on September 17, 2013 at 2:26 PM

… given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof…

ITguy on September 17, 2013 at 2:10 PM

This definitely qualifies. There is absolutely no way that this “transaction is essential to the national security interests of the United States.”

INC on September 17, 2013 at 2:31 PM

If only the Libs would realize that it would be their heads first on the chopping block if the Jihadi’s ever truly got their way.

They are so arrogant that they actually believe that they can halt the jihadi’s from taking those steps just from their sheer force of character and intelligence.

It’s the same arrogance and elitism that affected Chamberlain in 1938 – thinking that his enlightened character, intellect, and compassion would be able to deter Herr Hitler from his aggression and expansionism just by meeting with him face to face.

It didn’t work in 1938 vs a fanatic fascist and it will not work today with islamofascists.

Athos on September 17, 2013 at 2:33 PM

I want to know where she learned to speak “fluent Arabic.” It’s possible, but it is not an easy language. I just have this funny feeling she is as fluent in Arabic as Kerry is fluent in French.

NavyMustang on September 17, 2013 at 2:38 PM

If only the Libs would realize that it would be their heads first on the chopping block if the Jihadi’s ever truly got their way.
We, they hate; Liberals, they despise…

CaptFlood on September 17, 2013 at 2:26 PM

It’s really more like Muslims regard us as formidable opponents, while Liberals they regard as useful idiots that will be disposed of once Muslims prevail. And some will be disposed of even in the meantime.

This dumb hooker is on the fast-track to ending up like Lara Logan or Chris Stevens.

WhatSlushfund on September 17, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Elizabeth Warren as character witness in 3, 2,…

first thing I thought of…she just didn’t have the cheek bones to pull off the lie

I have a Lebanese buddy that expressed total shock that McCain was for arming the rebels. He knows they are savages and they take delight in recording their ever more unique ways of murdering people. He says they have a penchant for not only killing people, with no regard for age or gender, but having the families of the person being targeted watch. Cutting in half by machine gun is a particular delight apparently. Heads on sticks are common.

He told me Syria has a huge tourism income by virtue of the religious artifacts and as a trade route. The rebels are destroying these religious shrines that date back to Jesus’ time on earth. While Assad is no cupcake, he says he keeps things orderly so that different religions can coexist. He is also sick of the 1.5 million Syrians over running his country as refugees.

One last thing. He voted for Obama and was really excited to see him elected. He hates him now.

DanMan on September 17, 2013 at 2:41 PM

But, senile old John McCain knows “who the good people are” like the two kidnappers he posed with in Syria and Ms. O’Bagy.

bw222 on September 17, 2013 at 2:43 PM

OFF SUBJECT: Is anyone with a “voice” ever going to express concern that is seems like we, our leaders, US presidents, starting with carter, then bush, and now obama are getting rid of leadership of middle eastern countries and allowing the void to be filled by islamists????WTF

jarhead0311 on September 17, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Don’t worry Elizabeth, Obama will arm your AQ friends.

Ward Cleaver on September 17, 2013 at 2:49 PM

YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE!!!!!

Now, we know you boys are out here in the middle of fighting a civil war and are subject to bombing, mortar fire, heliocopter gunships, and nerve gas at any time, so we’ll keep this brief.

How many of you – show of hands – are radical islamists? Remember, Uncle Sam is only giving free weapons, medical supplies, and cheese to the moderates, mmmkay? So how many radicals? Hmmm, okay, not so many. How about moderates? Oh, my! McCain was right – most of these guys are moderates!

Who knew?

Adjoran on September 17, 2013 at 2:51 PM

A masters says you’re smart. A PhD says you’re an idiot.

John the Libertarian on September 17, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Lying about credentials is a resume enhancer for Dems….

dentarthurdent on September 17, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Who would have thought that a good-looking apparently Westernized woman would be biased toward Sixth-Century barbarians?

slickwillie2001 on September 17, 2013 at 1:30 PM

“Noble savages” … it’s an old story.

See: Barky’s election(s) – “Nobel savage” on the second one.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 17, 2013 at 2:56 PM

A masters says you’re smart. A PhD says you’re an idiot.

John the Libertarian on September 17, 2013 at 2:54 PM

For any real academic field, a Masters is a consolation prize for people who don’t finish the Ph.D. Of course, International Politics, Women’s Studies, and the like are not real academic pursuits and Ph.D.s in such fields are totally meaningless.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 17, 2013 at 3:01 PM

To lie is an art form in DC. the left would be nothing without the lie. What would the media look like with lies like CAGW? Mathew Shepard? George Zimmerman?

So Paul Gigot says, well she’s fake but the story is accurate. Right. But what does the lie tell us about her underlying motives? And how did come out of nowhere suddenly to be influential? Unvetted.

it is a sorry county that let’s itself get pushed around by liars. Each has their own agenda. Gigot, McCain or any leftist

r keller on September 17, 2013 at 3:09 PM

State Dept-cited expert on Syrian rebel “moderates” never was in doctorate program

So what if Bagy did? Doesn’t mean she would be right anyway, and as far as PhDs go, if they throw aside common sense and reality in favor of how they think things ought to be, then what good are they?

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 17, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Liars for the Left, imagine that.

TX-96 on September 17, 2013 at 3:29 PM

a Masters is a consolation prize

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on September 17, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Not at all. Not in the slightest. A Masters in your chosen field separates you from the pack, while a PhD suggests you’re cursed as an academic.

John the Libertarian on September 17, 2013 at 3:33 PM

NavyMustang on September 17, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Not that it’s entirely comparable, but I know a guy who went to West Point and as part of the studies learned Arabic and became fluent. Last I heard he was a Lt. Col. in the Army now. Point is, some people become fluent for the sake of being more effective in their job. I don’t know that it is the case here, of course.

BillyWilly on September 17, 2013 at 3:43 PM

However, her credibility had already been foundering even before that revelation. O’Bagy had worked on behalf of the Syrian Emergency Task Force on behalf of the rebels, which gave her plenty of motivation to emphasize any “moderate” nature they may have.

You see when corporations do this sort of thing openly, Leftists get outraged.

When liars do this and it helps someone they like, Leftists are silent.

And for anyone who cited a small percentage of the ‘rebels’ being AQ, well, this gal is your ultimate source for the political stuff coming out from Barry, Kerry and McCain. As for the ‘moderates’, how many of them are MB? And do you see what they do to the Copts in Egypt? How are they in any way ‘moderate’ when they want to practice ethnic cleansing if not genocide in Syria?

ajacksonian on September 17, 2013 at 3:53 PM

The hard truth is that learning Arabic is almost pointless from a national security perspective. The only people that speak standard Arabic are in the Saudi Arabia region. The rest of the Muzzies in the Middle East, North Africa, the Indian sub-continent, Asia, and elsewhere speak a variety of pigeon Arabics that is virtually incomprehensible to speakers of standard Arabic.

Our emphasis on language is misplaced in terms of national security strategy. We would have to train every single American to speak so many languages and slang languages that it would be pointless.

Nothing will improve until we get over our neurotic PC hang-ups and acknowledge that all Muslims are the problem, and deal with them accordingly. All else will fail

WhatSlushfund on September 17, 2013 at 3:59 PM

So she doesn’t have a PhD, nor was she accepted into the program (MA/PhD program? What’s that exactly?). What’s not researched, as of yet, is whether she has any college degrees at all. Does she have a Bachelor’s degree? For that matter, did she graduate from high school?

If she lies about her academic credentials, there’s no reason to believe that she has any at all. Worth some research if one has a mind to pursue quacks.

corbeck on September 17, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Resist We Much on September 17, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Wow!

Btw, did you hear about this one?

DarkCurrent on September 17, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Lied about her education – meh, see it all the time, I’m sure if you did a little bit, you’d find somebody high up the food chain advising her about what to put on her resume (shh! don’t worry, nobody will look that closely!) See that crap all the time in Federal Hiring.

Anyway, so what if she speaks Arabic? I speak Arabic, and spent some time in the US Embassy in Baghdad. When we decided to help keep the Iraqi polls alive long enough to participate in the elections I got to do vulnerability assessments on their places of work and homes. Including the terrorists that the State Department thought shouldn’t be killed, because “they were part of the political process.” They’re all ‘nice’ and very smooth. I can’t tell you how many State Dept. bimbos were running around the hallways talking rapturously about Dr. al So-and-so “so elequent! so well educated!”…who was a terrorist responsible for killing US and allied personnel.

I’m sure Obagy thought whoever she talked to was a moderate, because she would have been heavily protected and only exposed to what the ‘nice’ rebels wanted her to see (like not seeing any cannibalism). These people are idiots and live in a fantasy world. Same as most of the State people in Baghdad that hid in the Greenzone and weren’t privy to what was really going on.

John_G on September 17, 2013 at 4:41 PM

…a PhD suggests you’re cursed as an academic.

And there are plenty of folks with PhD’s that are in the closet about it. Depending on your field (excluding government employment of course), it’s a nice thing to have, but it’s of little practical use outside of the fact that you have the knowledge. Academic titles nailed onto your name, are a lot like name dropping. It’s generally in poor taste, unless it’s a useful doctorate like MD. Otherwise, it just annoys the folks around you.

I keep my diplomas shoved away in the back of a filing cabinet. They haven’t seen daylight in 30 years. It’s a good place for them if you’re a recovering academic.

corbeck on September 17, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Is her name even O’Bagy?

Sounds suspicious to me.

osborn4 on September 17, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Elizabeth O’Bagy, age 26, seems to have damaged US foreign policy, and might end up getting people killed. She let many people assume she had a PhD.
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O’Bagy (this name looks Irish … is it?), age 26, seems to support certain “elements” in Syria … seemingly a very personal level of support … and speaks Arabic, seemingly quite fluently … perhaps she has had more than college level instruction … maybe some of her close family members are native speakers.
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Let’s get all of this out in the open; public disclosure, preferably before people start getting killed (actually, I suppose it’s too late).
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Is there a chance that “O’Bagy” is actually an anglicized spelling of an Arabic name?
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Is Elizabeth O’Bagy actually Syrian or of Syrian descent, or of other M.E. origin? Does she have close family members who are of M.E. origin, and is therefore subject to a strong bias?
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Enquiring Minds, etc.
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Arbalest on September 17, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Is her name even O’Bagy?

Sounds suspicious to me.

osborn4 on September 17, 2013 at 5:06 PM

it’s probably short for O’Baghdad

gracie on September 17, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Kimberly Kagan, who founded ISW, continued to defend her work even after firing her for lying about her education.

Kimberly Kagan, wife of Fat Freddy Kagan the dumbest f-ing neocon on the planet.

VorDaj on September 17, 2013 at 5:29 PM

This isn’t exactly a confidence-builder, especially with sources within the US intel community insisting that the rebels are rapidly becoming more extreme, and the most effective force in the field is a declared al-Qaeda affiliate.

Ed, you are talking about one person here…there are other sources out there who state that there are moderates among the opposition in Syria.

In fact, when this began it was a popular uprising in the streets. All sorts of people were involved, moderates among them. The problem is that this war has been going on for 2 years and terrorists from around the region have poured into Syria because there was no one to stop them. They Syrian people could not stop them. That is one of the reasons so many people have left the country. However, none of this changes the fact that Assad is a creature of Iran and an ally to Hezbellah and Hamas. There was a time early on before a lot of the jihadis entered in the fray that it would have been a lot more feasible to back the opposition without worry about arming the jihadis. But no one, including Republicans had any interest in doing that. And now even though it is supposed to be our policy to go after AlQaida where ever we find them they have no interest in doing anything about their growing presence in Syria either. Instead we turn into isolationists and ignore them.

Terrye on September 17, 2013 at 6:58 PM

VorDaj on September 17, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Thanks for clearing up the Kagan connection. I was wondering which one she was related to.

Also explains how she got her TV time.

O’Bagy makes me sick.

She was willing to ignite a war just because she thought she was hawt enough to be a TV expert.

If you ever saw how overly madeup this chick was for her few stints, you could easily tell she was playing for the cameras.

Because she knew, the more we got involved, the more her “expertise” would be called upon by producers.

Deplorable human being. As shallow as they can be found.

budfox on September 17, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Their anger and distrust is understandable, however, I never intended to willfully deceive anyone,” O’Bagy said.

You know, except for that willfully deceptive act of saying I had a PhD when I didn’t – in fact, when I couldn’t apparently meet the minimum requirements to even be *admitted* to the program, much less complete it. Yeah, except for *that* I didn’t *intend* to willfully deceive.

ROFLMAO, comical.

Midas on September 17, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Deplorable human being. As shallow as they can be found.

budfox on September 17, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Wow, I totally had a Sandra Fluke flashback reading that.

Oh wait, I just had a Hillary Clinton flashback…

Oh wait, I just had a *fill in name of vapid, shallow moronic leftwing harpie here* flashback…

Midas on September 17, 2013 at 8:02 PM

…she should have said “Harvard”!

KOOLAID2 on September 17, 2013 at 9:35 PM

State Dept-cited expert on Syrian rebel “moderates” never was in doctorate program

What difference does it make? 99% of Harvard and Yale PHDs couldn’t distinguish a terrorist from a teramisu. The problem, as always, is lack of field experience not Piled Higher and Deeper (PHD) education.

MaiDee on September 17, 2013 at 10:17 PM

I wonder if O’Bagy has any ties to the Obama Administration? It would fit wouldn’t it? Maybe she’s a sort of hot, young plumber.

claudius on September 17, 2013 at 10:58 PM

I smelled a rat as soon as I saw her WSJ piece.

She stated she spent “hundreds of hours” in Syria, which is a misleading way of saying she spent a couple of weeks there.

There is only one way to plumb the complexities of a situation like Syria, and that is through a network of people who have an even larger network of Syrian contacts, then analysts sort through the info and try to evaluate the real situation. And even then mistakes are rife.

Sorry, a couple of weeks driving around with handlers telling you what they want you to hear doesn’t cut it, I don’t care how well you speak Arabic.

Rather than listening to a know nothing like O’Bagy, you’d be better off studying the various resources on the net, like Long War Journal and MEMRI. You will get quite a different take than the nonsense she was spewing.

Also her gratuitous mention/cut down of Sarah Palin in the WSJ piece told me a lot about her, and what audience she was playing to.

Dreadnought on September 18, 2013 at 1:44 AM

I never intended to willfully deceive anyone,” O’Bagy said.

Another lie. When you deliberately tell tell a lie about your education you certainly are “willfully deceiving” people.

Liberals really do have their own set of rules. Wow.

First she said she had the degree, then she said she defended her dissertation, now she admits not even being enrolled.

dogsoldier on September 18, 2013 at 5:41 AM

That would be 26-year-old Elizabeth O’Bagy, who worked her way up from intern at the Institute for the Study of War to the house expert on Syrian rebels — providing helpful analyses to those arguing for American intervention on their behalf against Bashar al-Assad.

26 and an “expert on Syrian rebels”? LOL.

Both John Kerry at State and John McCain in the Senate relied on “Dr.” O’Bagy’s conclusions that al-Qaeda affiliates comprised only “15-20 percent” of the Syrian “oppositionists.”

LOL. Fools. This is called “confirmation bias”.

What does this mean for her claims about the Syrian opposition? It’s certainly possible that she has a good grip on the situation. O’Bagy traveled to Syria, speaks Arabic, has talked with some of the players in the Free Syrian Army, and so far no one has asserted that she faked any of that.

Uh-huh.

I bet I can find at least three at least equally qualified dissenting “claims”.

Yeah, I’m really skeptical of the claims of such 26 year old “experts”.

farsighted on September 18, 2013 at 7:57 AM

MSNBC or CNN may have offered her a job already. Jason Blair, Doris Kern Goodwin,Farid Zakaria and Mike Barnacle should form their own show called “You give us few minutes, we will give you the truth”

Lying is a liberal disease.

Sticky Wicket on September 18, 2013 at 8:35 AM

I’d be shocked not at all if it later comes out that Miss O’Bagy is, shall we say, “connected” with one or more policy/government principals in this and we’re into a Paula Broadwell Take II scenario…

Either that or physical appearance trends for female policy wonks – whether they’re real or faux – are looking up. :)

allanbourdius on September 18, 2013 at 9:48 AM

That would be 26-year-old Elizabeth O’Bagy

This is something I’ve been meaning to ask for a long time. You see this all over the cable news stations. Often done based on looks it would seem. How in the hell is a 26 year old an expert in ANYTHING?
For that matter anyone under 40. Isn’t being an expert on something based on experience as much as knowledge?

Rocks on September 17, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Absolutely correct. When I was 26 I had been a doctor for a couple years already. I became an expert only 36 years later and am still striving to hone my expert skills. There is no way this young pup could be an expert in anything except in being an impertinent teenager.

NOMOBO on September 18, 2013 at 11:20 AM

In a couple decades she’ll still be named National Security Advisor by some Dem the US will be stupid enough to elect.

Dexter_Alarius on September 18, 2013 at 11:28 AM

No, Dexter, she will need a creative writing degree and an unfinished novel to be NSA advisor!

PattyJ on September 18, 2013 at 2:16 PM

26 years old, hasn’t worked much in private world and public world, yet she is deemed an expert, on other country and people, no less.

Where I came from the only young chic who gets such quick rise to rank and “respect” is the one serving the old men from whom she gets that “respect” and rank by licking from their toes to their heads. Then again where I came from, and it was a third world country, powerful men were/are not stupid enough to let selves in that position, and this in spite of them thinking citizens are stupid sheep.

vnohara on September 18, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Maybe O’Bagy can get back on the Egyptian Women’s National Soccer Team.

claudius on September 18, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Her former boss at SETF, Mouaz Moustafa, is only 28. These are really some remarkable young people.

claudius on September 18, 2013 at 8:14 PM

She has that same Stephanie Cutter I AM A BEEYOTCH smug sign all over her face.

John the Libertarian on September 19, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Is her name even O’Bagy?

Sounds suspicious to me.

osborn4 on September 17, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Agree. It looks Irish, but a quick surname search suggests it is historically Hungarian.

For academics, who are always insecure about credentials, lying about that is close to a capital offense. If the institutions she referenced had any integrity, they would now be suing her for the damage done to their reputations and future business.

Indirectly, she could have started WWIII, though the main culprits there are Obama, Kerry and McCain. Curiously, they are the only people not offended by her lies, since lying is second-nature to them.

virgo on September 20, 2013 at 3:46 AM

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