Despite her Twitter feed proclaiming that she's employed as a "Syria Analyst" at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), the very same institute gave her an immediate termination of employment today due to her being less than truthful regarding a major accomplishment she cited on her résumé, as reported by Fox News on Sept. 11, 2013.
Pro-Syrian rebel advocate, Elizabeth O'Bagy was given her walking papers today by the ISW after it was uncovered that her résumé claim of earning a Ph.D. from Georgetown University was simply a lie.
The ISW's former Senior Analyst was cashiered out after a terse announcement on the Institute's website:
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.
ISW has accordingly terminated Ms. O'Bagy's employment, effective immediately.
To double-down on the ISW's accusation, Georgetown issued their own statement.
Rob Mathis of Georgetown's Office of Communications verified O'Bagy had received her undergraduate degree and master's degree there, but that's where it ended:
Georgetown University confirms that Elizabeth O'Bagy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2009 and a Master of Arts degree in 2013.
At this time she is not a registered student.
As the Obama Administration stumbled down the path to possible war with Syria's Assad regime, O'Bagy penned an op/ed for The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that was manipulated by the pro-war faction inside the Washington beltway.
O'Bagy's editorial disputed claims that the opposition is heavily populated by Islamic extremist and jihadist factions.
"Contrary to many media accounts, the war in Syria is not being waged entirely, or even predominantly, by dangerous Islamists and al Qaeda die-hards," she wrote, while calling for a "comprehensive strategy" to destroy Assad's military capability and boost the opposition.
Both Sen. McCain and Secretary of State Kerry jumped on the opportunity to cite her opus during recent congressional hearings.
McCain referred to her writing as an "important op-ed by Dr. Elizabeth O'Bagy."
Kerry cited it the next day while appearing before a House committee, urging lawmakers to read it.
Links To Terrorist Fronts...
Fox News cited that O'Bagy is connected with a pro-rebel group called the Syrian Emergency Task Force (SETF).
The WSJ included a clarification, post-op/ed, noting she is "affiliated" with that group, and that the organization subcontracts with the U.S. and British governments "to provide aid to the Syrian opposition."
In an interview with Fox News last week, O'Bagy claimed she is not an employee of the task force, and also that she isn't a lobbyist.
According to the self-proclaimed regional expert, she works with them as "an independent contractor, and her contract fee comes through U.S. government contracts."
Fox News also cites that O'Bagy defended herself on Twitter, claiming she is "not paid to advocate" the view that the U.S. should get involved in Syria.
"I have never tried to hide my affiliate with the Syrian Emergency Task Force," she wrote, claiming she works not as a lobbyist but a research consultant on "humanitarian aid & civil governance contracts."
Nonetheless, in an article she co-wrote on Syria that was published by The Atlantic earlier this summer, she did include a line acknowledging her ties with the SETF.
The right-of-center news portal Front Page Magazine recently cited O'Bagy's affiliation with SETF and the subsequent leadership of the group might not be as objective and above board as McCain and Kerry would appreciate:
One member of the SETF’s Board of Trustees/Board of Directors, Dr. Jihad Qaddour, was also a trustee of the Muslim American Society, which is a front for the Muslim Brotherhood.
Another, Bassam Estwani, appears to have been the Imam of the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, also known as Al-Qaeda leader Anwar Al-Awlaki’s former mosque. The mosque was considered a front for Hamas and other “Islamic extremists” by the Treasury Department.
A third, Zaher Sahloul, appears to be the Chairman of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Chicago, an organization with terrorist links which is involved in organizing a boycott of Israel.
Hanging With Mr. McCain...
According to SETF website, they claim credit for facilitating Senator McCain's recent jaunt to Syria where he rubbed elbows with a number of rebel "commanders."
O'Bagy's name was also conspicuously mentioned in the web posting:
Syrian Emergency Task Force Field Director, Razan Shalab Al-Sham, Executive Director, Mouaz Moustafa, and Political Director Elizabeth O'Bagy organized and facilitated Senator McCain's trip into the country.