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September 27, 2013 - 1:13 pm

Fresh from delivering the Democratic response to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz’s 21-hour marathon against Obamacare, Sen. John McCain has added to his foreign policy staff. The hire is among the most bizarre imaginable.

Sen. John McCain has hired Elizabeth O’Bagy, the Syria analyst in Washington who was fired for padding her credentials, The Cable has learned. She begins work Monday as a legislative assistant in McCain’s office.

O’Bagy was a young but well-respected adviser at the Institute for the Study of War and had emerged quickly as an important voice among those arguing in favor of intervention in Syria. McCain and others had cited her work publicly before her nascent reputation collapsed when it was discovered that her claims to having a combined masters/PhD were false and that in fact she had not yet defended her thesis.

“Elizabeth is a talented researcher, and I have been very impressed by her knowledge and analysis in multiple briefings over the last year,” McCain told The Cable in a statement. “I look forward to her joining my office.” McCain’s office said there would be no further comment on the matter.

O’Bagy was fired from the Institute for the Study of War for lying about her academic credentials. She also left the Syrian Emergency Task Force quietly earlier this month. That group, which receives State Department funding which in turn paid O’Bagy for her SETF work, remains headed by Mouaz Moustafa. Mr. Moustafa, a Palestinian activist, has admitted that he supports Hamas and opposes Israel.

O’Bagy represented herself in media as an unbiased observer who had found that Syria’s rebellion is mostly moderate, and not Islamist, even while she worked with the SETF, which openly advocates for increasing US involvement in Syria’s civil war. But she also vouched for a group that published anti-American material on social media.

Earlier this year, O’Bagy’s SETF arranged a McCain trip to Syria that ended in embarrassment for the senior senator from Arizona. Now O’Bagy has a full-time job on his staff.

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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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I have always suspected that just as Soros chose Obama, he also chose Obama's opponent, John McCain.
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Well, this just goes to show how neutral and unbiased john McCain is. Also, this should enhance his reputation as a leading observer on the Syrian conflict with a finger on the pulse of MB actions and thought.
This guy continues to make an complete a$$ of himself. His staff is obviously not providing him with intelligent advice.
42 weeks ago
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When McCain was nominated for POTUS I got a bumper sticker from Michelle Malkin's site.

It says "We're Screwed '08".

It still rings true today, and with each new betrayal by McCain, I am reminded what a d-bag he is.
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Obama's Head-Chopping Cannibals In Syria & The Evil Siamese Twin Growing On John McCain's Jaw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CppX7qvbWPs
41 weeks ago
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Plain and simple John McCain lacks the character, intelligence, judgement, credibility, integrity and qualifications to be in the senate.
41 weeks ago
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Interesting, a fraud hiring another fraud.
42 weeks ago
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There's money to be made here for someone unscrupulous.

I suspect a bit of patient shadowing of either one of them will eventually find the two in, shall we say, closer proximity than is appropriate.
42 weeks ago
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Stephanie Cutter all over again.
42 weeks ago
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Hound dogs don't change. McCain was a neighbor of mine in Jacksonville when he returned from Vietnam; he was a notorious and very indiscreet philanderer, and I suspect he still regards himself as irresistible to women of any age. That's what I see going on here; this O'Bagy chick also accompanied him on one of his trips to Syria to boost the morale of his jihadist pals.
42 weeks ago
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John McCain found himself a fellow warmonger and liar
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Once a Tail-hooker, always a Tail-hooker.
42 weeks ago
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Did Fonzie lone him the waterskis?

One would think that public demonstration of her inability to tell the truth would have convinced everyone that she would lie to your face without batting an eye. Who would hire someone like that?

I regret voting for him in 2008. Voting libertarian is now starting to make more sense.
42 weeks ago
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Accidents hurt good people all the time, McCain's accidents have only hurt others. Why hasn't a building fallen on that vile opportunist?
It is just wrong.
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Amen. Two of his fellow Vietnam POWs told me that most of them are shocked at his continuing descent into jackassery. Their words: "An opportunist and pathetic LOSER."
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I don't understand why they are shocked. It's been his M.O. all of his life.

He had one good moment in Viet Nam when he turned down early release, and he's been playing that hero card ever since.
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