Gottfried, like any true dictator, liked to surround himself with bland obliging ciphers.
The obliging Trotsky is more dangerous than an enemy! /.../ Trotsky has never yet held a firm opinion on any important question of Marxism. He always contrives to worm his way into the cracks of any given difference of opinion, and desert one side for the other. At the present moment he is in the company of the Bundists and the liquidators.
By flatterers besieged And so obliging that he ne'er obliged.Alexander Pope