McCain Hires Disgraced “Moderate Syrian Rebels” Analyst Who Faked PhD


Well you have to give McCain credit. He doesn’t back down. Even when he really, really should.

Having quoted Elizabeth O’Bagy, a twenty something terrorism expert who faked a PhD, was employed by a Syrian lobbying group and falsely claimed that most Syrian rebels were moderates, he’s now hiring her after everyone else fired her.

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 advisor 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 master’s/Ph.D. 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.

So McCain is not even trying for legitimacy anymore. He’s just relentlessly doubling down on intervention in Syria and on O’Bagy even though there is no rational reason for bringing her on board.

Admitting that he relied on her once was bad enough, but he’s turning an admitted liar into his on staff researcher.

O’Bagy was just a front that the Syrian Emergency Task Force, a Syrian lobby associated with Islamists, was using to sell their invasion. Even they dropped her after the PhD thing came out.

O’Bagy, who is 26, was abruptly shown the door a week later, after it was confirmed that she had padded her academic credentials with a Ph.D. from Georgetown University. She also failed to disclose in her op-ed that she was part of a pro-Syrian rebel political group, the Syrian Emergency Task Force.

O’Bagy claimed that she was a contractor for the task force, not an employee, and didn’t participate in any of the group’s lobbying efforts. But she acknowledged helping the group set up a meeting between McCain and commanders with the Free Syrian Army.

McCain seems bent on making Obama look good on Syria by being twice as obsessed with a new war.

  • Veracious_one

    Insane McCain strikes again…

    • juan_one

      He is not different than Mr Magoo ….. in fact he looks just like him.

      He cannot see where he is going not can he hear what others are saying except, if your last name is REID!

  • DogmaelJones1

    I’ll say it again: O’Bagy should be nicknamed O’Burqa, because you really don’t know who’s hiding beneath that head-bag.

  • Tan_Vampire

    Obama’s Head-Chopping Cannibals In
    Syria And The Evil Siamese Twin Growing On John McCain’s Jaw

  • Texas Patriot

    McCain has had a completely inverted view of reality for a long, long time. Instead of escaping the Vietnamese prison camp and coming back to liberate his fellow Americans, he thought it was more patriotic to stay there and suffer with them. Now he sees Al Qaida as the freedom fighters we need to arm and support. It could hardly get more ridiculous. If there is a better poster boy for the delusion and obvious mistakes of American foreign policy over the last fifty years, I don’t know who it is.

  • Elizabeth capecod

    McCain has jumped the shark. He’s lost all credibility.

  • defcon 4

    Birds of a feather…

  • Antoniov

    It is Obama who you should be ashamed of. weak, spineless and indecisive.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      There’s no shortage of shame at the moment.

  • pupsncats

    I’m sorry to say this but I think McCain’s prisoner of war experience combined with aging has affected his ability to think clearly. Or maybe he was a closet liberal all along.

  • cecil91

    McCain is just “padding” his obits, which will be an avalanche of gushes for a warm-hearted and compassionate RINO who did the best he could. R.I.P.

  • Jakareh

    It’s a discredit to Arizona Republicans that they keep voting for this guy.

  • patechinois

    As a legislative assistant, will O’Bagy need security clearances? How does a known liar and Islamist peddler get one of those? Then again, if Obama never got one, what does it matter if anyone gets one. We know how well they’ve worked anyway, e.g., Snowden and Aaron Alexis.

  • hughglass

    Remember, this senile nitwit gave the world meghan!

  • musimann

    People are saying the guy to his left behind him is al-baghdadi the CiA trained ISIS leader. They were trained in Jordan by CIA, MI6, Mossad. Looks like the same guy to me.