A researcher fired this week over lying about having a Ph. D. from Georgetown University has sparked a national conversation on the matter. The Inquisitr reports this Wednesday, Sept. 11, that researcher and former intern Elizabeth O’Bagy — whose case for going to “war” in Syria was used by Secretary of State Kerry in a recent address on potential American intervention in the Middle East — has since been fired from her position.
The researcher fired for lying was Elizabeth O’Bagy, who is no longer employed at the Institute for the Study of War. Her termination comes only days after the expert on Syria wrote a popular Wall Street Journal entry that was mentioned by John Kerry, the Secretary of State, in choosing to take military action in Syria.
In her report, O’Bagy said that she received a Ph.D. in her field of expertise from Georgetown University. Yet after the Institute for the Study of War discovered that this was in fact a lie, she was promptly fired by the department.
“ISW has accordingly terminated Ms. O’Bagy’s employment, effective immediately,” the institute said in a recent statement.
The female researcher was formerly working as an unpaid intern when she first began at the prestigious U.S. institute, and due to her specialty in speaking fluent Arabic, she began to focus her study on Syria in particular. O’Bagy’s op-ed segment for the Wall Street Journal titled, “On the Front Lines of Syria’s Civil War,” was cited by John McCain and John Kerry in why taking military action in Syria is necessary.
While her words itself started a heated debate, even more conversation was to come after the 26-year-old’s status as a non-Ph.D. graduate came to light. In a subsequent clarification by the WSJ:
“In addition to her role at the Institute for the Study of War, Ms. O’Bagy is affiliated with the Syrian Emergency Task Force, a nonprofit operating as a 501(c)(3) pending IRS approval that subcontracts with the U.S. and British governments to provide aid to the Syrian opposition.”
The fired researcher did take to Twitter to defend her stance on Syria and her piece, avoiding mentioning any education levels.
“I have never tried to hide that I've worked closely with opposition & rebel commanders. That's what allows me to travel more safely in Syria ... I’m not trying to trick America here. I’m just trying to show a different side to the conflict that few people have the chance to see.”