McCain hires controversial Syria analyst who inflated credentials

obagy_screengrab2.jpgThis is rich. FOX is whining about McCain hiring a liar when FOX employs dozens of liars, like Willim Kristol, fired from the NYT for lying and Judith Miller, fired from the NYT for passing on lies about Iraq. And ‘Colonel’ North, who was convicted of committing perjury before a joint Congressional committee.

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Sen. John McCain has hired a controversial Syria analyst who recently was fired by one D.C. organization and resigned from another after it emerged that she inflated her academic credentials.  

The Republican senator’s office confirmed to Fox News that Elizabeth O’Bagy was hired as a legislative assistant, and will start work next week.

“Elizabeth is a talented researcher, and I have been very impressed by her knowledge and analysis in multiple briefings over the last year. I look forward to her joining my office,” McCain said in a statement.

O’Bagy’s pro-Syrian opposition research was used by hawkish lawmakers, including McCain, to build the case for intervention against the Assad regime in Syria.

But her clout quickly eroded when she was fired by the Institute for the Study of War after the think tank alleged she lied about her education credentials.

O’Bagy reportedly first countered that she had defended her dissertation and was simply waiting for the university to confer the degree – but admitted last week she never enrolled in a Ph.D.program.

She apparently applied to a joint master’s/Ph.D. program, but was not accepted and was only in the master’s program.

O’Bagy also resigned from a Washington-based, pro-Syrian opposition group, The Syrian Emergency Task Force, in the wake of the controversy.

“I would like to deeply apologize to every person with whom I have worked, who has read and depended upon my research, and to the general public,” O’Bagy said in a statement to The Daily Beast. “While I have made many mistakes and showed extremely poor judgment, I most particularly regret my public misrepresentation of my educational status and not immediately disclosing that I had not been awarded a doctorate in May 2013.”

She went on to say she nevertheless stands by her findings from her work inside Syria.

3 thoughts on “McCain hires controversial Syria analyst who inflated credentials

  1. So, because she was caught, now, she can be trusted ?
    This gal should be up for fraud…just for starters.
    Along with crimes against the Republic for endangering
    national security by providing potentially misleading
    intelligence. Which could be, “Aid and Comfort ?
    OOOPS, that’s the way this regime works.
    She must be a part of the new normal…….
    Thieves, brigands, liars, and political hacks are only
    compassionate, and concerned, people who care
    about you, me, and the general well being of America.
    NOT !
    They’re only compassionately concerned for
    themselves and who ever America has differences with.
    Screw up, you get promoted, or even a paid retirement.
    McNuts, and a whole host of others, are confirmed
    Illusionists. One more, in their camp, won’t help them
    garner the trust of real American Nationals.
    One would think that they’d want to convey a solid base
    for their beliefs, so as to garner the trust and credibility
    of their constituents.
    OOOPS, forgive me, I experienced a momentary lapse
    of reality there.
    Hiring his fellow illusionist …this just goes to confirm,
    again, that these creatures will continue to do ANYTHING
    they want, in order to get what they want.
    Those who currently represent America, in the halls of our
    government, have NO HONOR what-so-ever !
    This why they must be removed and replaced with
    REAL AMERICAN NATIONALS who know what honor is.
    Americans who know what honor is, because they live it.

  2. Why the people of Arizona keep this traitorous SOB around is beyond me. Add to that he’s crazier than Martha Stewart’s sh!thouse rat. Must be the SSRI sh!t in their water.

  3. It just goes to show what we all know….the more they lie the higher they go.
    Heck, If she starts killing people and covering it up she could go all the way to the white house. That’s how Hitlery did it.

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