John Kerry's Syria 'Expert' Fired for Falsely Claiming to Hold a Ph.D.
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.