McHeavenly match: McCain hires pro-Syrian rebel liar

Earlier this month, we reported on Dr. Elizabeth O’Bagy, the gal with a fake Ph.D. whose op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal served as a catalyst for urging U.S. use of force in the Syrian powder keg. The 26-year-old Syria researcher’s writing was cited by both Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. John McCain during congressional hearings as they advocated for U.S. strikes.

When it was revealed that in additional to lying about her educational credentials, O’Bagy was the political director — lobbying for the Syrian Emergency Task Force, a group that advocates within the United States on behalf of Syria’s rebels — the Institute for the Study of War abruptly fired her as announced in this terse memo.

At the time, we wrote: 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.

So it should come as no surprise that the less than honest John McCain has hired this young counterpart Elizabeth O’Bagy as a legislative assistant. The two posers should get along famously. This is McCain’s gushingly enthusiastic statement regarding his new staffer: “Elizabeth is a talented researcher, and I have been very impressed by her knowledge and analysis in multiple briefings over the last year. I look forward to her joining my office.”

“Talented,” indeed. O’Bagy has honed the skills of lying like a rug, which no doubt should appeal to practiced deceiver John McCain.

Daniel Greenfield of FrontPageMag, is an expert on radical Islam. His excellent report as the events unfolded can be read here: “McCain’s Syria Expert Doubles as Syrian Lobbyist.”

4 Responses to McHeavenly match: McCain hires pro-Syrian rebel liar

  1. Villanova says:

    Kudos, Seeing Red AZ! Once again you have captured the essence of this less than admirable man. Referring to him as “this marginal man of ample ego and limited intelligence,” says it all!

    What a shame that enough low information voters have kept this undeserving man in a prestigous senate post. That’s the power of incumbancy, unlimited lobbyist $$$ and the fawning liberal media We desperately need term limits.

  2. eubykdisop says:

    Well, of course, there’s more to all of this than meets the eye and a lot more than is generally being reported.

    One way to begin to get to the bottom of things like this is to follow the money!

    From “The Daily Caller”:

    “Who funds Syrian rebel advocate O’Bagy and the Syrian Emergency Task Force? You do”

    “The Syrian Emergency Task Force, the pro-rebel lobbying outfit that employs widely quoted intervention advocate Elizabeth O’Bagy as its political director, receives funding from the U.S. Department of State and related government contractors.”

    “Most of the contracts that I’ve been a part of through the Task Force have been through CSO, which is the Conflict and Stabilization Office[sic],” O’Bagy told The Daily Caller. O’Bagy was likely referring to the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, a State Department-funded organization.”

    As the SRAZ article astutely points out to us, O’Bagy was cited by BOTH McCain AND John Kerry. Who is John Kerry? He is the U. S. Secretary of State. Who was ultimately funding O’Bagy? The U. S. State Department run by… U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry!

    What about the “Institute for the Study of War” with which O’Bagy worked? Where does their money come from?

    “ISW has increasingly drawn support from military contractors with stakes in the issues that the institute studies. … but it now is backed by national security contractors, including major ones like Raytheon, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman and CACI, as well as lesser-known firms such as DynCorp International, which provides training for Afghan police, and Palantir, a technology company founded with the backing of the CIA’s venture-capital arm, In-Q-Tel. Palantir supplies software to U.S. military intelligence in Afghanistan.”

    And who is on the Board of Directors of the “Institute for the Study of War”? None other than the aspiring-politician daughter of Dick Cheney!

    “Institute for the Study of War”

    “However, according to 2011 tax documents, directors included: Elizabeth Cheney, daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney…”

    Why would McCain spend his money to bail out Kerry advisor O’Bagy by hiring her? Well, Kerry’s wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, has been generous with John McCain. One good turn deserves another!

    “In 2001, McCain founded the Alexandria, Va.-based Reform Institute as a vehicle to receive funding from George Soros’ Open Society Institute and Teresa Heinz Kerry’s Tides Foundation and several other prominent non-profit organizations.”

    “McCain used the institute to promote his political agenda and provide compensation to key campaign operatives between elections.”

    Awww! Ain’t it grand! ;-)

    • Dennis O'Brien says:

      More good info, euby. Seeing Red AZ is a favorite site and one which I visit frequently. Your additions make it even better.

      • eubykdisop says:

        Thanks a lot, Dennis!

        SRAZ does all of the hard work. I just hang a few ornaments on the Christmas tree. ;-)