September 17, 2013
"Ph.D" Leading us to War in Syria ... Never Even Enrolled in Ph.D. Program
Well, looky here:
Elizabeth O’Bagy, the Syria researcher at the center of a week-long controversy surrounding her academic credentials and her work with the Syrian opposition, admitted for the first time to The Daily Beast she was never enrolled in a Ph.D. program despite representations she made to the press and multiple organizations for whom she worked.Why does this matter? Because it's easier to lead the gullible from a position of authoritay, especially when they are predisposed to the narrative being peddled by said authoritay figure.
So, Kerry and McCain wanted to believe in the opposition and wanted to bomb Syria and when this "Dr" came around saying that the opposition was mostly "moderate" they could say, "Hey, a Ph.D. says they're moderate so stop spouting off wingnuts!"
The real problem with O'Bagy's research, though, is neither her affiliation with Syrian opposition groups nor with her phony Ph.D. The real problem is the research itself, which appears to me to be nothing more than her going to Syria and talking with her friends who really are moderates. So, of course it looks like most people are moderate when, in fact, most of the people you talk to are moderates.