As NPR puts it, Elizabeth O’Bagy, the Syria expert Kerry and McCain cited to prove the Syrian rebels were moderate, went from media star to unemployed in one week. But that’s not quite true.
O’Bagy still has a lucrative gig with the Syrian Emergency Task Force, a Syrian emigre group with Islamist ties lobbying for US intervention. The question is how long will she have it.
SETF needed O’Bagy because her role with the Institute for the Study of War gave her mainstream political and analytical credentials and allowed her to sell the Sunni Islamist rebel agenda to wonks. But now that O’Bagy has been discredited, the SETF is likely to move on.
They need someone out front who is American and credible to avoid any deeper questions about the group and its ties to Washington politicians. O’Bagy was fine until she went down. I don’t see her having a bright future with a group which needs another patsy to go on CNN and explain that most rebels are moderate freedom fighters while citing a credential that isn’t for a Syrian rebel front.
O’Bagy was just a spokeswoman for a Syrian rebel front group. Now that the jig is up, her gig will soon be up too.