Elizabeth O’Bagy, to whose research on the Syrian revolt Secretary of State John Kerry and Senator John McCain both alluded in their arguments for American military force, has been fired from her job with The Institute For Study Of War – for lying about her educational credentials. She claimed to have a Ph.D. from Georgetown University. She was never enrolled in the University’s Ph.D. program.
But O’Bagy, who issued a rather Orwellian apology (“I never intended to willfully deceive anyone.”) for her “misrepresentation”, stands by the veracity of her research, as does the ISOW administrator who fired her. Isn’t that odd? So, we can now continue with President O’Bama’s plans to launch military attacks against Bashar al Assad’s regime, with reliance on O’Bagy’s research? Really?
Elizabeth O’Bagy’s biggest error in judgement, in these times when the truth about anything has become as elusive as the Loch Ness Monster, was that she didn’t have her educational records sealed by Court Orders, before she published her materials.
The President of the United States has never released any of his bona fides, save that forged computer-generated birth certificate that wouldn’t even suffice to get your kid signed up to play Little League Baseball.
If Barack O’Bama could legally conceal all of his educational records, which indeed he has, why couldn’t O’Bagy have done so? With this Press Corps on the job, who’d have been the wiser?