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September 11, 2013 - 10:03 am

Via Jammie Wearing Fool, lookie here at what’s become of 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 is the Syria “expert” Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. John McCain cited in their pro-rebel Syria talk last week. We were among the sites that questioned O’Bagy’s connection to the Syrian Emergency Task Force, which has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is not “mostly secular.”

I guess this is why we’re not seeing O’Bagy on TV this week.

Speaking of the SETF, Walid Shoebat noticed that their web site is going through a bit of a makeover. O’Bagy is still listed there, but a “Research Associate” by the name of Ahmad Soliman is not. References to him have been deep sixed.

I’m sure his public connections to the Muslim Students Association and the Islamic Society of North America — Muslim Brotherhood fronts — have nothing to do with that.

Read Shoebat’s post. It’s interesting. He notices some other digital shredding going on over at SETF.

Exit question: Did Johns Kerry and McCain knowingly participate in Islamist disinformation to goad America into striking Syria, or were they just dupes?

More: A commenter at Politico sums things up nicely:

Another 26 year old “senior analyst.” Miley Cyrus wasn’t available?

More: So we have an alias — “Bailey O’Bagy.” A middle* name, I guess. And she played soccer for Egypt’s women’s national team?

That’s…odd. If she played competitively for the Egyptian national team, then she had to demonstrate some “clear connection” to Egypt. Being a student, typically, isn’t enough by itself. FIFA says that the player must have at least a grandparent or parent who was born in that country, or the player must have lived there for at least two years. The current regulation extends that to five years, before the age of 18. Depending on the year, if she lived in Egypt for more than two years as a student, then I suppose she could have gotten onto the national team.

Still…odd. Not what one usually expects to find when looking up a controversial subject expert.

*Or maiden name. I didn’t think of that before hitting publish.

More: State Department Funds O’Bagy’s Pro-Rebel Syria Lobbying

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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Um .. No O'Bagy (whether Bailey or Elizabeth) appears in the list of Grad students at Georgetown's "Center for Contemporary Arab Studies" ...

http://ccas.georgetown.edu/people/students/

Guess even that modest claim was just foolin' too ...
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She should have declared her student records private, forbidding access to them under penalty of law. It worked for the Prez!
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wow a person that fakes their credentials sort of like B.O. but didn't have the luxury of the press cover her backside.
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Mr Kerry, you take advice from a 26 year old on how to work your new mobile phone - not on how to manage a political problem with a history spanniing decades, if not centuries.
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Um .. No O'Bagy (whether Bailey or Elizabeth) appears in the list of Grad students at Georgetown's "Center for Contemporary Arab Studies" ...

http://ccas.georgetown.edu/people/students/

Guess even that modest claim was just foolin' too ...
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I read somewhere today that she had successfully defended, just not convocated. *If true*, the whole thing is way overblown. I completed all requirements for my degree in Oct, the next Convocation was in the Spring. I asked whether I could use "Ph.D" and was told yes by my supervisor, but he said to put the month and day of my future Convocation (eg, Ph.D (June, 2014). I was told not to use it at all by an administrator. It's a grey area.
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hey dr J: do you really think they'd fire her over not having convocated? Generous to a fault, you are ...
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A apologist/propagandist for Muslim terrorists lied? I guess there's a first time for everything.
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Does not compute at all. She's at least a qualified as Susan Rice. Regular Right Guy ... Full Caf Americano.
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She should have declared her student records private, forbidding access to them under penalty of law. It worked for the Prez!
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Kerry's syrian experts. That's a hoot.

Either they aren't experts, or he's a slow learner.

For me when he said Assad had to come to the table, or other words to that effect, it tells me he's knows nothing.

Dictators like Assad don't come to negotiating tables. They go out by being killed. Or they prevail. What's he going to do? Go back and be an eye doctor in Britain again? Right.

Not once have I heard mention of Alawites, of which Assad is one. It's a splinter off the Shia. The majority of that country is Sunni. They take a dim view of not only shias but most certainly of Alawites. Especially those Alawites that have had a boot on their neck for decades.

One way or another, this story ends with slaughter. Kerry should know that. Doesn't appear that way though.
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McCain knows they are moderate because he took pictures and ate dinner with some of them....
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"Either they aren't experts, or he's a slow learner."

Well, yes to the first part, obviously, but as to the second, what makes you think he's interested in learning anything?
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Kerry doesn't learn, he wants to teach.
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If you follow some of the links -- Elizabeth O'Bagy uses another name and has a Facebook page under the name Bailey O'Bagy( in which she claims to be an analyst on Iraq). Hmmm...I also wonder if she is an American citizen. Or is she a foreign student?
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Does no one check creds any more?

How hard was it, Bryan, to do a little search and see that SETF link?

Hell, She even punk'd the WSJ.

Our politicians, and "Journalists" are incapable of critical thought. Scary times.
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My Google-fu is strong, but this wasn't very hard.
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Anyone else getting the idea that McCain should hang it up and go relax for his remaining years in one of his several mansions provided by his rich wife? (No wonder the Republicans lost with this guy - more and more he seems to be as much of a dupe as his doltish progeny Meghan!).
And feeling this way about him is a shame, because his military career showed rare bravery.
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He strikes me like some figure in a Greek tragedy: Uncommon bravery and valor, which I highly respect, followed by inept and ignominious deeds that make him tragically seem Obama's jester. Please McCain, remember your former strength and honor and retire with dignity. Or play the fool, like Carter, as senility takes its hold.
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"And feeling this way about him is a shame, because his military career showed rare bravery. "

When?

He had a reputation as a cowboy; an irresponsible pilot who lost one plane and almost lost a second one because of his "clowning" (his word).

Had he not been the son of an admiral it's not likely we'd ever have heard of him. He'd be just another very unremarkable flyer who had no chance of rising in the ranks.

After being captured he collaborated with the enemy and gave them sensitive information. Men who were less well connected and gave LESS important information came out of the Hanoi Hilton and were dishonorably discharged. Not the son of the admiral, of course.

McCain had ONE GOOD MOMENT in his career, when he refused to be released early ahead of other POWs.

That's IT.
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I used to be in that canoe club, in what is now called "surface warfare". I have ridden the rescue destroyer many times. For my money anybody who straps on one of those Navy jets and takes off and lands on a carrier in rough seas -- heck, in any seas -- is a hero even if he never fired a shot.
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On the one hand a hero, yes, but on the other hand with a certain reputation that serves well in war, but maybe not so much at home.
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I knew some of his fellow pilots of the Hanoi Hilton residency.

The word is that the NVA beat the living daylights out of the Admiral's son.

So much so that he's crippled in mouth and arm.

Back off.

It's is true that he was in the bottom of his graduating class -- too much clowning around.
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