O’Bagy, whose work on the Syrian opposition was hailed by Secretary of State John Kerry and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), was fired from her job as the lead Syria researcher at the Institute for the Study of War on Sept. 10 after it was revealed that she misled her bosses by telling them she had completed a dissertation defense for a Georgetown Ph.D. Subsequently, questions arose as to whether or not O’Bagy was ever enrolled in the joint MA/Ph.D. program that she claimed in her official biography.
O’Bagy confirmed to The Daily Beast that she was only enrolled in a master’s program at Georgetown and had applied to join the joint MA/Ph.D. program but was never accepted.
What does this mean for her claims about the Syrian opposition? It’s certainly possible that she has a good grip on the situation. O’Bagy traveled to Syria, speaks Arabic, has talked with some of the players in the Free Syrian Army, and so far no one has asserted that she faked any of that. Kimberly Kagan, who founded ISW, continued to defend her work even after firing her for lying about her education.
In other words, her credentials and honesty don’t matter, as long as she cranks out propaganda suitable for the progressive narrative being pushed. And don’t O’Bagoflies’ honesty and McCain’s intelligence make a perfect match?
And people take these hacks seriously. I have no idea why.