Expert McCain and Kerry Used to Claim Syrian Rebels are Moderate Opposed Designating Al Qaeda Terrorists

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Elizabeth O’Bagy received a lot of attention when her Wall Street Journal editorial claiming that most Syrian rebels are moderates and that the Al Qaeda in Iraq spinoff, the Al-Nusra Front, is mostly irrelevant,

O’Bagy was quoted by McCain and Kerry as an expert on Syria. As Charles C. Johnson revealed, O’Bagy is actually the political director of the  Syrian Emergency Task Force.

The SETF is a group run by Syrians abroad, some of whom have Muslim Brotherhood ties, and is lobbying for an American attack on Syria.

Now as Cliff Kincaid of AIM points out, Elizabeth O’Bagy opposed designating the Al-Nusra Front as a terrorist group.

“I’m not saying they aren’t a terrorist group. But given the circumstances and given their cooperation with the opposition as a whole, designating them now would be disastrous,” said Elizabeth O’Bagy, an analyst with the Institute for the Study of War who recently returned from touring rebel-held areas to research Nusra and other Islamist groups.

That’s the standard Syrian opposition position. It also reveals that the Syrian opposition is integrated with Al Qaeda. It also contradicts Elizabeth O’Bagy’s claims in her WSJ editorial that, “The conventional wisdom holds that the extremist elements are completely mixed in with the more moderate rebel groups. This isn’t the case. Moderates and extremists wield control over distinct territory.”

The editorial, which McCain and Kerry both quoted as evidence that intervention is a good idea, also said, “Contrary to many media accounts, the war in Syria is not being waged entirely, or even predominantly, by dangerous Islamists and al Qaeda die-hards… Moderate opposition forces—a collection of groups known as the Free Syrian Army—continue to lead the fight against the Syrian regime.”

If so, why did Elizabeth O’Bagy oppose designating the Syrian-Iraqi franchise of Al-Qaeda a terrorist group because of its close cooperation with the opposition?

Elizabeth O’Bagy told the truth before. She’s lying now.

  • m4253y

    ““I’m not saying they aren’t a terrorist group. But given the circumstances and given their cooperation with the opposition as a whole…”

    You see Daniel? this is the crux of the story, period!

    To paraphrase, her being paid by the USA on behalf of the terrorists aside, ‘let’s let them help us kick the current regime out and after, when they, the terrorists take over and rape, murder, and destroy anything not of their religion of peace, then we will call them as they really are, TERRORISTS. DOING SO NOW DOES NOT FIT WELL WITH MY PAYCHECK’.

    rubbish or better yet, BS!

    • kimberly537

      what Keith answered I am shocked that you able to get paid $9039 in a few weeks on the internet. learn the facts here now w­w­w.J­A­M­20.c­o­m

  • Gee

    To correct the KGB myth “One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter” should read “One man’s terrorist is everybody’s terrorist”. Time to end the KGB created farce.

    There are no moderates in Islam that have any voice at all

    • defcon 4

      Muslimes aren’t fighting for freedom, or liberty or democracy. What they’re fighting for is the right to take away the freedom and liberty of everyone not a muslime.

  • PortWatch

    So a 26 year old know anything about Syria! Elizabeth O’Bagy meet Alexis Debat! WSJ meet ABC!