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September 5, 2013 - 11:26 am

Most of the thinking that Syrian’s rebellion is mostly moderate comes from a single source. Both Sen. John McCain and Secretary of State John Kerry have publicly cited that source, and if you’ve been watching cable news this week you’ve seen that source. Her name is Elizabeth O’Bagy, and she works at the Institute for the Study of War. She penned a piece for the Wall Street Journal that has become the basis for the idea that Syria’s rebels are more moderate than jihadist.

O’Bagy has been all over the Fox News Channel and CNN this week, out of nowhere, to tell America that Syria’s rebels are mostly moderate.

The Institute for the Study of War bills itself as non-partisan and appears to have lived up to that since its founding in 2007.

Dr. O’Bagy, on the other hand, is also connected to an organization called the Syrian Emergency Task Force. As its political director, she is one of its four top officers according to the group’s web site. This is her.

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Political director, by the way, means that O’Bagy is an activist. Her activism includes promoting the bombing of Assad’s forces.

Here’s a jaw-dropper: O’Bagy criticized Israel for killing Hamas leader Ahmed al-Jabari last November. But enough about her.

The SETF’s executive director is one Mouaz Moustafa. This is Moustafa.

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And look, here he is in Syria. That’s Sen. John McCain there in the middle, and a couple of Islamist kidnappers behind him.

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Moustafa and O’Bagy arranged McCain’s trip to Syria through the Syrian Emergency Task Force.

You probably have guessed where this is going by now. Mr. Moustafa is a Palestinian Arab, and was involved in the Libya war before he turned up in Syria. He openly hates Israel. He opposed the overthrow of Mohammed Morsi in Egypt. He hearts Hamas. Connect that dot to O’Bagy’s take on the strike that killed Ahmed al-Jabari, above.

In short, the man behind the source for the notion that Syria’s rebellion is moderate is, himself, an Islamist among Islamists, according to FrontPage.

One member of the SETF’s Board of Trustees/Board of Directors, Dr. Jihad Qaddour, was also a trustee of the Muslim American Society, which is a front for the Muslim Brotherhood.

Another, Bassam Estwani, appears to have been the Imam of the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, also known as Al-Qaeda leader Anwar Al-Awlaki’s former mosque. The mosque was considered a front for Hamas and other “Islamic extremists” by the Treasury Department.

A third, Zaher Sahloul, appears to be the Chairman of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Chicago, an organization with terrorist links which is involved in organizing a boycott of Israel.

“Syria’s rebels are moderates,” according to the disinformation very effectively spread by the Syrian Emergency Task Force.

Taqiyya!

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Why doesn't Fox read this and ask Elizabeth some hard questions. Thank you PJM. The MSM is to lazy to do its job.
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This is the Muslim Brotherhood modus operandi, to put a friendly moderate face in the foreground, while the MB jihadis pull the strings in the background. It works every time with the empty headed easily fooled ignorant in the US Gov and the Western media. She must know what she is doing. What a despicable woman.
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Why Do John Kerry and John McCain Believe that Syria’s Rebels are Mostly Moderate?

Because:

A) They are spectacularly uninformed
B) They are intentionally deceitful
C) They are lying through their teeth

This is NOT necessarily a multiple choice answer, by the way
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The agenda these two sold out to told them to state they are moderate. That, our their stupid as hell.
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Poor Long Gone John. He finds himself in a calculus world, while he can barely handle arithmetic.
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my roomate's mom makes $76 hourly on the internet. She has been without a job for eight months but last month her check was $19929 just working on the internet for a few hours. websites..... www.cnn13.com
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Elizabeth O'Bagy is 26 years old and has spent her adult life in pursuit of academic credentials. No 26-year old is an expert in anything much less something as complex and nuanced (one of John F-ing Kerry's favorite words--remember when Mark Steyn started calling him Nuancy Boy during the '04 campaign--good times) as Islamic perfidy. I imagine there are a good many contributing factors to John McCain's behavior. We can start with seven brutal years as a prisoner of war.
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Am certainly no psychological student, no training whatsoever; but, I give a lot of credence to your last sentence, "We can start with seven brutal years as a prisoner of war," which I think perhaps could be the subtle reason behind his odd political behavior.

He comes from a prominent military background, meaning a father with very high rank, I think an Admiral, which would put him in the very difficult position among his fellow American prisoners of never, ever, being perceived as receiving preferential treatment........hence daily endless potential problems for him on top of the ordinary. I remember reading somewhere that he was tortured, as were all prisoners of the Vietnamese.

Could this peculiar political behavior of his be some sort of Post Traumatic Shock symptom?

When he was finally released by the Communists in Hanoi, he was a hero of mine, and remains a hero, but now I'm just sad for him. This is completely out of his military character.






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"I think an Admiral, which would put him in the very difficult position among his fellow American prisoners of never, ever, being perceived as receiving preferential treatment."

You should read his book. He gave important information to the communists.

Other men, less well connected, were captured and gave must LESS important information to the communists, and were court-martialed and dishonorably discharged after being released.

John McCain is no hero.
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First clue: A 'moderate' muslim is like a unicorn. They don't exist in the real world.

The MSM and the left told you that there were such things as 'moderate' muslims and you believed them.

The only thing resembling a 'moderate' muslim in the real world is a muslim who isn't actively trying to kill you, at the moment.
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John McCain has serious psychological problems; remember 'bomb bomb bomb Iran'? As for Kerry, I believe that the pressure on his brain by the mass of his hair distorts his perception of reality.
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I doubt if The Institute for the Study of War even exists, other than as a Syrian front organisation. Any supposed employee, such as the improbably named Elizabeth O'Bagy, is bound to be false.
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O'Bagy is a name of which I have never heard. OK - I'm British, not Irish, but Britain has a big population of Irish descent. I just did a search on Ancestry.com, for anyone called O'Bagy in the nineteenth century, in London. After the Famine, the Irish influx to London contributed significantly to the British capital's enormous growth.

Guess how often "O'Bagy" ever turns up....

Then I tried New York.

Care to guess how many hits that got?
49 weeks ago
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She doesn't look old enough to shave.

PhD? In what?

She doesn't even look Irish.
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Actually, she does look plausibly Irish, although I don't believe she is, or, at least, that O'Bagy is her real name. I don't believe the woman in the picture has a Ph.D, or that we should believe a single word she utters.
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"O'Bagy"? Twist that around a little bit, drop the "O", add an "h" after the "B", substitute an "i" for the "y" and what do you have? I'm no linguist but I recall from Khadir Hamza's memoir: "Saddam's Bombmaker" that the freewheeling alliteration of Arabic names to English meant that security services had a hard time tracking Arab undesirables (how many ways can you spell Qaddaffi? Wasn't there a song to that effect in the 80's?) I don't dare judge by looks, but there's no reason she couldn't be a Klingon.

Ethnicity aside, I'm not about to dump on her just because she's young. Those who have talent and gumption can make their mark early. History's full of em'. What has me suspicious is the way she just arose full-throated from the head of Zeus and is being shopped around the Beltway with her map and charts and her story about "moderates". We either have to swallow her story completely or spit it out. All I know is that when I read her WSJ op ed my spidey-sense told me it was too good to be true.

Just last night I read about the sexagenarian Italian schoolteacher who was snatched off the streets with another Italian aid worker BY the FSA and sold around to various factions and casually brutalized before being ransomed by Al Nusra. So how did Pretty Lizzy make FIVE trips up and down the length and breadth of Thunderdome without mussing up her hair? How was she able to talk to all these varied factions and travel freely among them?

Maybe she's telling the God's honest but I smell a talented individual who has sold her soul for the easy route to fame and fortune.

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The map Ms O'Bagy used in her WSJ opinion piece a few days ago sure looks like it has been accepted by both the Obama administration, John McCain, GEN Jack Keane and the mainstream media as an accurate representation of the disposition of the Syrian rebel factions and the territory they control. I know our military had to rely on tourist maps in Grenada (I know - my husband brought a couple home with him) and we are bad at coming up with maps, but now we're resorting to using foreign activists' maps???
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