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Pro-rebel Syria researcher fired for false doctoral claim

posted at 12:17 pm on September 11, 2013 by

Elizabeth O’Bagy has been cited by the Obama administration, Senator John McCain, and John Kerry as a key resource for their claim that the Syrian rebel forces are mostly moderates and not Sunni extremists affiliated with al-Qaeda.  They’re going to have to find another source for that argument after the think tank that employs O’Bagy abruptly fired her today for faking her doctorate:

A young researcher whose opinions on Syria were cited by both Senator McCain and Secretary of State John Kerry in congressional testimony last week has been fired from the Institute for the Study of War for allegedly faking her academic credentials.

The institute issued a statement on its website concerning the researcher, Elizabeth O’Bagy:

The Institute for the Study of War has learned and confirmed that, contrary to her representations, Ms. Elizabeth O’Bagy does not in fact have a Ph.D. degree from Georgetown University. ISW has accordingly terminated Ms. O’Bagy’s employment, effective immediately.

O’Bagy and her op-ed drew scrutiny last week when the Wall Street Journal failed to disclose O’Bagy’s ties to an advocacy group backing the Syrian opposition and lobbying the US government to intervene in Syria. The Journal was forced to post a clarification that “in addition to her role at the Institute for the Study of War, Ms. O’Bagy is affiliated with the Syrian Emergency Task Force, a nonprofit operating as a 501(c)(3) pending IRS approval that subcontracts with the U.S. and British governments to provide aid to the Syrian opposition.”

O’Bagy also was reluctant to disclose her affiliation with the Syrian Emergency Task Force, which is an advocacy group for the rebels.  She later claimed her research for ISW was separate from the SETF, but her abrupt dismissal is liable to raise a lot more questions about the quality of analysis that’s driving the Obama administration’s push to arm and support the rebels.

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Ha ha!

rbj on September 11, 2013 at 12:21 PM

but…..she meant well…..

ted c on September 11, 2013 at 12:32 PM

She fits right in with Obama’s administration.

DanMan on September 11, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Shouldn’t their expert be Huma Abedin? Or do you think they really haven’t realized her questionable connections? Too busy codemning the decent for point out the obvious. The Obama administration seems less like real Chicago thugs and more like their desilu caricatures in old late nite black n whites.
A broken cookie jar in the background. Obama standing before a podium refusing to bring his left arm from behind his back (even when teleprompted to). This is smart power. And Sarah Palin was stoopid.
I gotta go get ice. Its gotta be 4:00 somewhere!

onomo on September 11, 2013 at 12:37 PM

I thought she had managed to cram in a lot of credentials by 26. Heck – by Obama’s standards, she is still a kid and should be on her parents health insurance policy!

djl130 on September 11, 2013 at 12:40 PM

I smell a new cabinet member.

2Tru2Tru on September 11, 2013 at 1:01 PM

The scape goat is “under-the-bus.”

listens2glenn on September 11, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Don’t people check this stuff? Do background before hiring people?

This is incredibly, incredibly, stupid.

This needs to be promoted onto the main website.

itsspideyman on September 11, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Red flags…

(1) She is associated with Georgetown. They get a lot money from Saudi Arabia. The Arabians are big supporters of the rebels and sunni jihad in general.

(2) How does a 26 year old woman (or man I guess) get that kind of influence with a major sitting Senator or the Sec. of State without a major patron. I am not trying to sound sexist, but unless she is some kind of wonder kid, which she clearly is not, I have to throw the Peggy Shippen theory out there….if you know what I mean.

William Eaton on September 11, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Well, we now know more about Ms. O’Bagy’s college career than we do President Barky’s.

Transcripts please.

pain train on September 11, 2013 at 4:20 PM

She is being discredited to provide Obama/Kerry cover to say they were lied to in the hearings.

We’re so gullible.

faraway on September 11, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Frauds using a fraud to spin fraudulent propaganda.

Insidious and evil.

Rode Werk on September 11, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Wasn’t there also someone claiming to have graduated from Colombia and Harvard Law?

Now who was that…gosh it’s right there on the tip of my tongue…

Nutstuyu on September 11, 2013 at 6:54 PM

(1) She is associated with Georgetown. They get a lot money from Saudi Arabia. The Arabians are big supporters of the rebels and sunni jihad in general.

Why the fvck is a Jesuit university taking money from a repressive muslim monarchy??? Did they sign some deal after the last crusade? Does the pope know?

Nutstuyu on September 11, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Don’t people check this stuff? Do background before hiring people?

This is incredibly, incredibly, stupid.

This needs to be promoted onto the main website.

itsspideyman on September 11, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Each of my last four jobs required full background checks and drug testing.

dogsoldier on September 11, 2013 at 7:08 PM

It’s amazing how rapidly the phony are vetted out, kinda makes me think what happened to Barry’s claim.

mixplix on September 11, 2013 at 7:55 PM

And what about this “think tank” Institute for the Study of War? They’re all so smart that they get scammed by a young woman about a fake PhD. Nobody thought to check? Also looking at you, Juan McLame. And of course, Jawn Effin Kerry (who was in Viet Nam). What a complete bunch of tools. The brightest and the best, eh?

We are soooo scroomed, this country is being run and advised by fscktards.

bofh on September 11, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Well, we now know more about Ms. O’Bagy’s college career than we do President Barky’s.

Transcripts please.

pain train on September 11, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Good point.
However, at some point in the future the President’s transcripts will be released and we will find out the real reason that they have been buried.

Not because he didn’t get good grades. Grade inflation and sympathetic professors will have insured that his transcripts are respectable.

But I suspect that, although he was born in Hawaii, it is likely that he claimed to be a foreign student to help gain admission to both Columbia University and Harvard Law School.

Uniblogger on September 12, 2013 at 8:40 AM

It’s called “credentialing”. Every agency must have at least one person who is responsible for checking a prospective hire’s credentials: academic, professional, as well as past and present associations.
This is yet another example of sheer incompetence that only enables other incompetents. Only this time, the woman is working against the best interests of the United States. Why would she need “trust” from “rebels” who allegedly want the truth to be told?
BTW: An M.A. in “Arabic Studies”? THAT didn’t set off any alarm bells?
Yooooooo Hooooooo – is anyone home?
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on September 12, 2013 at 10:28 AM

This needs to be promoted onto the main website.

itsspideyman

this.

our gov’t is using a 26 year old, associated with the rebels, to promote assisting the rebels. She has have some good looking credentials, that’s my take. /sexist, yeah, but realist too.

Her parents done good, then sent her to Georgetown. Winner !

williampeck1958 on September 12, 2013 at 10:42 AM