Best Defense

A word in semi-defense of E. O’Bagy

She’s the "Syria expert" who turned out to have lied about having a Ph.D. Got it. She shouldn’t have lied. And for that she deserves defenestration. But I think we as a society are too hung up on credentials. Academics tend to treat a doctorate like a union card. But there are many fools with ...

She’s the "Syria expert" who turned out to have lied about having a Ph.D. Got it. She shouldn’t have lied. And for that she deserves defenestration.

But I think we as a society are too hung up on credentials. Academics tend to treat a doctorate like a union card. But there are many fools with doctorates, and some very wise people without them, but with lots of experience and academic knowledge. The questions we should be asking are: Does what this person have to say make sense? Do they know what they are talking about?

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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