December 1st, 2009
12:49 PM ET
10 months ago

Obama ally breaks with him on Afghanistan

 Rep. Jan Schakowsky says she will wait until she hears Obama's speech to make a final decision.
Rep. Jan Schakowsky says she will wait until she hears Obama's speech to make a final decision.

(CNN) - Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky was one of President Obama's earliest and most ardent supporters.

She served in the Illinois state legislature with him, and she supported his run for the U.S. Senate. But on the issue of Afghanistan, the president can't bank on the support of his longtime political ally.

"I think he's made up his mind that at this point there ought to be a troop increase, and I have to say I'm very skeptical about that as a solution," she said.

Obama is expected to announce Tuesday night that he's sending 30,000 more troops to the war-torn country and ordering military officials to get the reinforcements there within six months, White House officials say.

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  1. File under "Sarcasm"

    Best be careful President Obama, your left wing liberal support may be collapsing. Rep. Schakowsky whose own House website heralds her as "The Anti-War Liberal" may be the first of many to desert the Campaigner-in-Chief on this issue.

    This, of course, is the same Jan Schakowsky that contributed $28,000 to impeached Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, endorsed him in 2002 and 2006, and raised money for his campaign through 2008. Her husband, Robert Creamer, worked as a consultant for Blagojevich receiving upwards of half a million dollars if fees before pleading guilty to tax and bank fraud. Another excellent example of the Chicago school of politics.

    December 1, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Jimmy James

    The left beat the drum during the campaign that this was the "Right War" and now , surprise, they get in office and want to change their mind. Now Obama with his vast military experience is trying to put a hard deadline of 3 years on this war. Jimmy Carter would be proud.

    December 1, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. Dar

    Sounds like Jan wants to be re elected, maybe she isn't so dumb after all.
    Naw she gone too with all the rest of the Dems 2010, she should have voted for the wants of the American people instead of the Odumbo health reform pig, Then she might still have a job.

    December 1, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  4. C Street is a Cult

    I agree with Rep. Schakowsky when it comes to having grave reservations about sending more of America's finest into Afghanistan. However, since the Bush/Cheney Buffoons didn't do the job in Afghanistan (because they were too concerned about lining their pockets from the war in Iraq), we are faced with a situation that we can't immediately get out of. I am withholding judgement until I hear what the POTUS has to say tonight. I trust his judgement and I believe, wholeheartedly, that President Obama will go down in history as one of our strongest and most couragous leaders.

    December 1, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. The one who comes from heavenis above all. He testifies to what he has seen and heard but no one accepts his testimony. the man who has accepted it has certified that God is truthful.

    In all respect, there is most likely not a soul on this earth that wants to go to war....but until peace is the chosen path...this is the avenue of change for the betterment of all people. Should decption be the factor (ie oil dollars) that will be the doom eternally for those who lead that path. In the meantime, don't discount God and all that he will do to help this great nation that fights to keep His Name Holy.

    December 1, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. Idiot_Pelosi

    Send this Congresswoman to Afganistan, right at the border of where the Terrorists and Thugs are living. Let her "talk" to them, and she if she comes back.

    December 1, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  7. Right wingnuts are the darlings of dementia

    A right wing nut asked me today how that change and hope were working for me. I told him that we no longer torture, Gitmo will be closed, I got a tax break on April 1, the stock market is up over 2000 points since Obama took over, we are winding down our unnecessary war efforts in Iraq, we soon will have health reform, the stimulus is working, and by this time next year, unemployment numbers will be down. I am troubled with Afghanistan, but at least we are using diplomacy and not threats against other countries. All this in 10 months.

    December 1, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. midwest liberal

    I have the deepest admiration for my president making a very tough decision. I have even deeper admiration for my representative, Jan Schakowsky for having the kind of chutzpah we need to see more of in our elected officials. GO JAN!

    December 1, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. Nini

    The stupid will always be stupid, these people need to be voted out.

    The Surge is the right thing to do as it was for Iraq, unlike Democrats republicans don't play politics with war so they are supporting Obama because it is simply the right thing to do.

    December 1, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. Randy, San Francisco

    Unlike the GOP, you can disagree with the President or another faction of the Democratic party without fear of being purged. This is something the GOP, Tea Party protestors, and conservative talk show entertainers do not understand about a diverse and vibrant political party.

    December 1, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  11. Rick CT

    Gee, St. Barack may need the Party of No in order to accomplish what he wants. Maybe he shouldn't have broken his campaign promises to become the most political president yet.

    December 1, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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