December 1st, 2009
12:49 PM ET
8 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. reality check

    Sorry Jan, The President is right on this one. Let,s give him our support.

    December 1, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. SocialismBad

    Democrats are ALWAYS skeptical of doing what it takes to win wars. They just don't get it.

    December 1, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. Sea.gem

    Whaaaat?...all we hear about is the Repubs being divided...will CNN run a story on the many divisions on The Left?...or is just blind hatred of those who have an education in finance and understand what bankrupting a country over welfare programs enough to constitute a "united party"?

    December 1, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. hongli

    Who cares what she thinks? Obama needs to send more troops to get the job done. I think another sixty thousand soldiers will be needed sooner than later. You have to stop the "Taliban once and for all.

    December 1, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  5. good2know

    The article title is decisiving at best. The Rep. of Illinois will, "wait to until she hears Obama's speech to make a final decision." Please stop with the false claims.

    December 1, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. Vets4Obama

    Obama during his campaign PLEDGED and RAN ON a promise of concentrating on Afghanistan. He is doing what he promised!

    Unlike Bush and Cheney, who got distracted and invaded a country that had NOTHING to do with 9/11, Obama is actually going after the SOURCE. We can not back track and take away the completely retarded decisions made by the previous president and vice president, we can only move forward and clean up the mess they gave us. If Bush/Cheney and the rest of the clowns had not dithered in Iraq trying to find the tooth fairy (aka WMD), this war would already be over. Alas, we can never expect competent and intelligent decisions from a republican, so we got what we deserved with those two morons.

    Good Job Obama, and god speed to our brave men and women that are set to finally pursue an end to this war and an actual PLAN, rather then a willy-nilly moron invading countries for no reason.

    December 1, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. Rickster

    "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," Schakowsky said.
    ______________________________________________

    Democrats are always "skeptical" about a military solution and will be until the "religion of peace" practitioners are knocking down their front door, AK-47s in hand.

    December 1, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. Smart Move Rep. Jan Schakowsky

    Rep. Jan Schakowsky just assyred herself of being reelected, while President Obama took a step closer to becoming a one and done Prez.

    Talking out of both sides of his mouth is Obama's trademark skillset, and telling Americans who are already sick of this War that he will send 30,000 troops in the next 3 months but will end the War in 3 years is like saying "I.m going to stick this stick in your eye, but don;t worry, I'll pull it out after a while.

    By announing a timetable, he has set himself and our military up for horrendous consequences -- In year #3 the attacks from Al Quaeda will rampe up

    December 1, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  9. Peaceful One

    Obama is WRONG on this Call! War begets War, Violence begets Violence. These are Spiritual Laws! Violate and we all pay for it spiritually.

    Thank you, Rep. Schakowsky! Being against war and then voting to fund it IS not conducive to being believable. Those who are opposed do not vote to fund! Folks ought to go re-visit this book for some very astute knowledge. Eric Hoffer's, "The True Believer". You will be astounded, I promise you.

    NO MORE WAR, OBAMA! Dennis Kucinich/Bernie Sanders 2012 – The true leaders we now have in office!

    December 1, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. Vietnam Combat Veteran, Ohio

    Can't blame you Lady. I voted for Obama, but don't support his butt kissing on the Afghanistan war. Who got to him?

    December 1, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. JT the Show Me State College Freshman

    Sometimes to do what is right, you have to get out of your political comfort zone to do what must be done. I do not support war, but I do support America's president. He has more access to information than anyone else, so I expect his decision to be very thoughful, well though out, and concise. Besides, I just heard that the estimate for the war to end is 3 years time. We have to wait until 8pm Eastern time though to see what his full plans are. Mr. President Obama, you have my support, I trust that you will do the right thing. Buenos suerte Presidente Obama.

    December 1, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. Zach K

    At least there's an exit strategy. We're in and out within three years.

    We're focusing on the right war, and not the wrong war this time.

    December 1, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. Brimamassie

    This head line is misleading,when you read the content it will drive you away from cnn news.

    December 1, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. WENDELL

    I'm with her. We voted to bring the troops home; not send more. Three more years is unacceptable.

    December 1, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. shmeckel

    This lady is talking out both sides of her mouth. At one point she says don’t send more troops, and then she says we can’t leave because of the woman rights. "I'm very skeptical about that as a solution," What is your solution; you don’t even know what you want.

    The other guy says not to send any more troops until we get cooperation out of their government. What is his solution, stay there forever with as small as force as possible so we are guaranteed never to be at a point to leave.

    I think Obama made a mistake putting a timeline on the deal that ends before the next election. If we are not out the operation in time will be rushed into leaving for political reasons which will result in a weak afghan government that will be vulnerable to be overtaken. Other than that I think he is making some good choices about the war. It looks like he is going to give us a good chance of getting out of there; I would say in the next 5 years not 3.

    December 1, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  16. Matt of Boston - Defining success in Afghan

    Success in Afghanistan means no American troops in Afghanistan. There is no oil in the country; no natural resources except poppy for heroin; and no strategic benefit to the US. Whether we are there 3 years or 30 years, it will not make a difference. There is no military victory in Afghanistan for us. Even if we were to drop nuclear bombs along the entire Afghan-Pakistan border, Bin Laden would simply move to another friendly country – Yemen, Somali, Iran.

    The only way I know how to end a War – is to simply end it and stop fighting (it takes two to have a War). Bring ALL the troops home. Strengthe our own borders. Solve the immigration problems. Strengthen security at our seaports and airports. Increase funding for undercover ops – drone missions – and human intelligence gathering in the Mideast. And to really stregthen this country, get our economy going and create jobs

    December 1, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    Well, she can't accuse him of not taking the time to educate himself and his administration with facts, expert consultation and appropriate information prior to making his decision....sooooo, she better come up with some facts and expert opinions and information to counter what was obviously a very deliberate and involved decision-making process. You know, something other than "booga booga Vietnam!!!" or some other such knee-jerk blather.

    December 1, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  18. MARK

    Obama has ruined his image in a few short months. WE NEED CHANGE!!!

    December 1, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. Silence Dogoode

    So Jan when did you serve in the military? You work for the sleaziest, most crooked politcal machine (chicago).. Go back to fawning over the 60's and the weathermen.....the only way to keeps women from the burqua and taliban sharia rule is to eliminate them. If you don't have a better suggestion, shut up and go back to gutting the constitution, it's what you liberals are best at anyway.

    December 1, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  20. T'SAH from Virginia

    SHIP JUMPER!!! Deserter!! If you don't agree with his decision – can't YOU TRUST it???? Lord Have Mercy!!

    December 1, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. james

    wow, CNN can not even wait for contraversy. How about the supporters like Kerry I read on my hometown paper he is supporting the president!
    for once CNN?

    December 1, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. MariaMIA

    Let her break! It's her view on things. That does not mean that she doesn't understand that there may be information that she's not privy to that would allow her to think otherwise. People forget the amount of information, often classified, that Presidents must contend with. i trust Obama's judgement far more than Bush's. I don't trust anyone who sees things only in black or white.

    December 1, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  23. Temur

    As an Afghan American, who has followed and monitored Afghanistan for decades, I can say with conviction that we have already lost the War in Afghanistan. We may win a few battles but the war is absolutely lost. Afghanistan has had two wars, the political and the military. The military war cannot be won as it is a guerrilla war and it will take decades just to weaken the Guerrillas. The political war (establishing a stable government in Afghanistan) was flawed from day one, but culminated into a total failure this summer with extreme poor turn out in the Elections. The Afghan government is plagued with extremely corrupt and incompetent people, and this is thanks to Bush era policies of choosing individuals who would simply say yes. Afghans have lost trust in America and see them as an occupying force. They claim that it has been 8+ years for the greatest super power in the world to try and catch one man, Osama, who has no standing army. They claim that either the U.S. is playing games and using it as excuse to stay, or they are one of the most incompetent super power they have come across.

    December 1, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  24. Eddie

    The little boy/juvinile president has lost another of his little friends! How so very sad.

    December 1, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  25. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Congresswoman, we have to finish what we started over there. we can't haphazardly withdrawal or else the Taliban will take the country back over and our young men and women would have died in vein. We must continue the mission. At least we know this war isn't goong to last for another decade.

    December 1, 2009 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
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