As CAP recommended in April, the United States should engage with our allies in NATO and in the region to prepare a direct response that precludes further chemical-weapons use, potentially targeting military assets such as delivery systems, logistics, and appropriate command and control..
[ed notes:some backround... 2009 "The Center for American Progress — which has emerged as perhaps Washington’s most influential idea factory in the age of Obama — is launching a major new war room, to be staffed by nearly a dozen people, that will focus on driving the White House’s message and agenda, I’m told. ... The new war room - which is called Progressive Media - represents a serious ratcheting up of efforts to present a united liberal front in the coming policy wars.
According to a 2003 article in the New York Times, Podesta's "goal is to build an organization to rethink the very idea of liberalism, a reproduction in mirror image of the conservative think tanks that have dominated the country's political dialogue for a generation."[
Supporting Escalation of the War in Afghanistan
In March, 2009 CAP strongly supported Barack Obama's escalation of the US wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, issuing a report titled Sustainable Security in Afghanistan by Lawrence J. Korb, Caroline Wadhams, Colin Cookman and Sean Duggan. CAP was also prominent in Americans Against Escalation in Iraq with MoveOn, a coalition that used the Iraq war to attack Republican politicians and candidates in 2007 and 2008.
The report was formally released formally on April 3, 2009, at a CAP forum titled A New Way Forward in Afghanistan featuring the following speakers:
- Minister Ali Jalali, Former Afghan Interior Minister; Distinguished Professor, National Defense University
- Frederick W. Kagan, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
- Fred Kaplan, columnist, Slate Magazine
- Lawrence Korb, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Ken Silverstein, The Secret Donors Behind the Center for American Progress and Other Think Tanks, The Nation, May 21, 2013
Major individual donors include George Soros