He’s a critic of Obama only to the extent of dinging him for insufficient appeasement of Islamists.
I worked with our art and design team at CAP to put together a chart showing that Obama’s supposed “withdrawal” plan from Afghanistan would leave more troops in the country than when he began his presidency.
… But then phone calls from the White House started pouring in, berating my bosses for being critical of Obama on this policy.
Soon afterwards all of us ThinkProgress national security bloggers were called into a meeting with CAP senior staff and basically berated for opposing the Afghan war and creating daylight between us and Obama. It confused me a lot because on the one hand, CAP was advertising to donors that it opposed the Afghan war — in our “Progressive Party,” the annual fundraising party we do with both Big Name Progressive Donors and corporate lobbyists (in the same room!) we even advertised that we wanted to end the war in Afghanistan.
But what that meeting with CAP senior staff showed me was that they viewed being closer to Obama and aligning with his policy as more important than demonstrating progressive principle, if that meant breaking with Obama. Essentially, they were doing the same thing to us RT America is telling its American producers to do now — align with your boss, who is the president of the country.
It’s really doubtful that Zaid Jilani was so naive that he didn’t know that he was working for the think tank that had helped make Obama and whose goal was to achieve progress goals by perpetuating his power, but Jilani is prepping for the post-Obama era in which the left and its Dem puppets will realign their agenda.
It is however revealing that the Center for American Progress was taking its marching orders so directly from the White House.