Politico and PJ Media report that the Institute for the Study of War fired Elizabeth O’Bagy, their senior analyst and resident expert on Syria. According to ISW, Dr. O’Bagy lied on her application and does not possess a doctorate degree, nor did she disclose her connections to the Syrian Emergency Task Force (stories here and here). Let’s hope ISW reviews their hiring procedures and institutes a more thorough vetting process, since it took me less than five minutes to figure out her connection to this Syrian rebel advocacy group. One can hope John McCain and John Kerry pause to reflect that this young woman might be aligned with a foreign entity and that the way this played out makes them willing dupes. Nah, never happen with those egotistical windbags. The other big takeaway from this from my purely contrarian nature concerns our national intelligence gathering and analysis. One can only pause to wonder what official intelligence on the disposition of the Syrian rebel forces crossed the desks of Kerry and McCain, if they felt this dubious young lady’s reporting carried more weight. We pay a fortune on intelligence gathering, but do we focus enough on the human intelligence and analytical components to sift through our vast stores of information and actually piece together an accurate and timely intelligence product?