The 26-year-old Syria researcher’s writing was cited by both Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. John McCain during congressional hearings regarding U.S. strikes. O’Bagy has since been fired by the Institute for the Study of War for lying about her educational credentials, the ISW announced in this terse memo on Wednesday.
In addition to her work for the Institute for the Study of War, O’Bagy is also the political director for the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF), a group that advocates within the United States on behalf Syria’s rebels — a fact that the Journal did not disclose along with O’Bagy’s editorial.
Daniel Greenfield of FrontPageMag has the rest of the toe-curling story, “McCain’s Syria Expert Doubles as Syrian Lobbyist.”
The Daily Caller’s Charles Johnson reveals that O’Bagy, McCain’s “Syria expert” wears at least two hats — lobbyist for the rebel faction being just one.
Here in Arizona we think we know this duplicitous guy. Read these linked articles to get a flavor of how little we actually know about McCain’s back door dealing in the halls of the senate. It’s bad enough that we are continually deceived by this marginal man of ample ego and limited intelligence, but his advocacy for entering a war zone from which there is little hope of resolution — based on the urgings of a winsome lobbyist paid to encourage our involvement, is beyond reprehensible.