Elizabeth O’Bagy, whose Wall Street Journal op-ed has been cited by Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. John McCain during congressional hearings about the use of force against Syria, has been fired from the Institute for the Study of War for lying about having a Ph.D., the group announced on Wednesday.
“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,” the institute said in a statement. “ISW has accordingly terminated Ms. OBagy’s employment, effective immediately.”
OBagy’s Aug. 30 op-ed piece for the Journal, On the Front Lines of Syria’s Civil War, was cited by both Kerry and McCain last week. McCain read from the piece last Tuesday to Kerry, calling it an important op-ed by Dr. Elizabeth OBagy. The next day, Kerry also brought up the piece before a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing and described it as a very interesting article and recommended that members read it.
The only problem is that O’Bagy not only lied to the ISW, but in representing herself as a senior analyst at the ISW she failed to disclosed that she is affiliated with the Syrian rebels, specifically the Syrian Emergency Task Force, a nonprofit organization operating as a 501(c)(3) [tax-exempt—Ed.] pending IRS approval, that subcontracts with the U.S. and British governments to provide aid to the Syrian opposition.
It is only natural that John Kerry, who was recently accused by Russian President Putin of being a liar, should think highly of a fellow liar. As for McCain, he has proven once again how good a judge of character he is, a quality which has led him to claim that we can distinguish between the good rebels and the al-Qaeda rebels, even after it was disclosed that one of the members of the Free Syrian Army with whom he met was a kidnapper.