McCain Hires O’Bagy

Usually when a person is exposed for padding her resume, it’s difficult to land high-prestige jobs.

That’s not the case for Elisabeth O’Bagy, hired last week by U.S. Sen. John McCain as a legislative assistant. O’Bagy, 26, became an influential analyst on policy toward Syria after publishing a column in the Wall Street Journal which advocated arming Syrian rebels fighting dictator Bashar al-Assad despite concerns about radical jihadists in their ranks.

It turns out O’Bagy lied about having a PhD. and worked as the Syrian Emergency Task Force‘s political director when the group helped arrange a secret trip to Syria for McCain to meet rebel leaders last May. Several task force officials have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and reports indicate that the Arizona Republican inadvertently met with terrorists on his trip.

Meanwhile, O’Bagy also vouched for Eric Harroun, an American who fought with Syrian rebels, in a sworn affidavit. Harroun was charged with providing material support to al-Qaida affiliated terrorists, but O’Bagy claimed Harroun fought with an independent group called the Al Aqsa Islamic Brigades, Fox News reported.

Harroun signed a sealed plea agreement to a lesser charge in Alexandria, Va. Sept. 19, sentenced to time served and released.

McCain chose to embrace O’Bagy despite her academic fraud and work with questionable forces in Syria’s opposition.

“Elizabeth is a talented researcher, and I have been very impressed by her knowledge and analysis in multiple briefings over the last year,” McCain told The Cable

IPT News

6 comments on “McCain Hires O’Bagy

  1. Mrs. AL says:

    What a joke, Bullright. I believe the young lady may indeed be a talented researcher. Golly I have known folks with no college degree who are self-educated and know oodles more than even PHDers. So that’s not a problem The hassle is the questionable guy Harroun. the Cain should know better than even allow even the appearance of impropriety within the halls of Congress. It has become evident to me that McCain is all about garnering attention for himself. How sad.


    • bullright says:

      Mrs. AL, I echo those thoughts. Some of the smartest people I know aren’t Ivy leaguers, and I don’t hold that much for the “degreed” among us. (in fact I subconsciously hold it against them) But she did pad her credentials. And she has quite a following of believers so she’s no dummy. She has a certain convenient perspective.


  2. clyde says:

    So McCain goes for phonies like himself ? How sweet.


  3. Hardnox says:

    This is probably McAsshat’s tactic for getting her to shut-up.



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