Elizabeth O’Bagy and the Syrian Emergency Task Force: Taypayer-Funded Regime Change

Elizabeth O'BagyYou’re the Secretary of State of the United States of America. Your job is to carry out the Foreign Affairs Strategy of the President. Of course, you can’t do it by yourself. You need help.

So, who do you turn, too? Henry Kissinger is not available and Former Ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, thinks you stink on ice.

Well, I would think that you would reach for whatever resources you could…especially, if you were trying to justify inserting America’s Armed Forces into another nation’s Civil War, in an effort to assist the very Terrorist Group that killed 3,000 Americans on 9/11/01 and 4 brave Americans in Benghazi on 9/11/12. Perhaps, you would even accept the expert opinion of an op ed writer for the Wall Street Journal, whose own viewpoint matches your own.

Why, she even had a PhD! Or…maybe not.

The Syria researcher whose Wall Street Journal op-ed piece was cited by Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. John McCain during congressional hearings about the use of force has been fired from the Institute for the Study of War for lying about having a Ph.D., the group announced on Wednesday.

“The Institute for the Study of War has learned and confirmed that, contrary to her representations, Ms. Elizabeth O’Bagy does not in fact have a Ph.D. degree from Georgetown University,” the institute said in a statement. “ISW has accordingly terminated Ms. O’Bagy’s employment, effective immediately.”

O’Bagy told POLITICO in an interview Monday that she had submitted and defended her dissertation and was waiting for Georgetown University to confer her degree. O’Bagy said she was in a dual master’s and doctorate program at Georgetown.

Kimberly Kagan, who founded the ISW in 2007, said in an interview that while she was “deeply saddened” by the situation, she stands by O’Bagy’s work on Syria.

”Everything I’ve looked at is rock solid,” Kagan told POLITICO. “Every thread that we have pulled upon has been verified through multiple sources.”

Paul Gigot, editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal, told POLITICO in a statement that “we were not aware of Elizabeth O’Bagy’s academic claims or credentials when we published her Aug. 31 op-ed, and the op-ed made no reference to them.”

“We also were not aware of her affiliation with the Syrian Emergency Task Force, and we published a clarification when we learned of it,” Gigot said. “We are investigating the contents of her op-ed to the best of our ability, but to date we have seen no evidence to suggest any information in the piece was false.”

O’Bagy started at the institute as an unpaid intern and was pulled into their work on Syria when a researcher needed a fluent Arabic speaker, which transformed her internship into a much longer gig. Kagan hired O’Bagy as an analyst around August or September 2012, and said her understanding was that O’Bagy was working toward her Ph.D. at Georgetown.

The website known as Right Web, an arm of the Institute for Policy Studies, has a profile of Dr. *cough* O’Bagy, which states

Elizabeth O’Bagy is a research analyst based at the neoconservative Institute for the Study of War (ISW), where she has written several reports on the Syrian opposition.[1] She has also worked as the political director of the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF),[2] a D.C.-based advocacy group closely linked to the Syrian opposition that “aims to expedite the fall of the [Assad] dictatorship regime,” according to a statement on its website.[3]

O’Bagy has traveled to Syria several times and visited with armed opposition groups there. She is the author of numerous reports and op-ed pieces calling on the United States to provide heavy weaponry to the Syrian rebels and to launch missile strikes on critical regime infrastructure. “Any swift and decisive decision to materially aid the Free Syrian Army,” she wrote for the Atlantic in June 2013, “will necessarily include degrading or destroying the runways and infrastructure of Syria’s military airbases and commercial airports.”[4]

However, O’Bagy’s dual affiliation with ISW and SETF has been the source of some controversy, particularly after the publication of an August 2013 Wall Street Journal op-ed in which O’Bagy claimed that extremist groups were less prominent components of the armed Syrian opposition than is typically reported.

Information now shows that al Qaeda and affiliated groups actually make up the majority of the “Syrian Rebel Forces”.

Okay. So, whose checks was this overpaid, under-qualified blooming idiot cashing?

“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.

In other words, boys and girls…YOU AND I WERE!!!

Our money has been going to a bunch of pointy-headed bureaucrats, who have been trying to figure out a way to engineer a “regime change” in Syria.

The plot sickens.

Obama, Kerry, and all their “Warhawks” have been insisting that the goal of Obama’s “limited engagement” plan in Syria is not “regime change.”

If it is not, why has the Obama Administration spent Our Money studying a Civil War, which has no effect on the daily lives of Americans?

Methinks they doth protest too much.

Until He Comes,

KJ

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