Scott Horton Interviews Karen Kwiatkowski

Scott Horton, May 25, 2011

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Karen Kwiatkowski, columnist at and retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel, discusses her decision to run for Congress in Virginia’s 6th district; looking at foreign aid to Israel from the perspective of a US taxpayer; how foreign aid (and not just to Israel) lines the pockets of US arms manufacturers, props up autocratic regimes and undermines the Palestinian peace process; the dustup at the National Press Club between Israel critics and short-tempered Israel supporters; and why AIPAC’s cadre of extremist, inflexible old men might just run the lobby into the ground.

MP3 here. (42:48)

Karen Kwiatkowski, Ph.D., is a retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel, who spent her final years in uniform working at the Pentagon’s Near East/South Asia bureau (NESA). Her assignment was to work on policy papers for the Secretary of Defense and other top brass at the Pentagon. Shortly thereafter, she was assigned to a newly-formed bureau inside the Pentagon called the Office of Special Plans, which was created to help the Pentagon deal with issues in Iraq.

Deeply frustrated and alarmed, Kwiatkowski, still on active duty, took the unusual step of penning an anonymous column of internal Pentagon dissent that was posted on the Internet by former Colonel David Hackworth, America’s most decorated veteran. She lives with her freedom-loving family in the Shenandoah Valley, and among other things, writes for

18 Responses to “Karen Kwiatkowski”

  1. ‘Pro-Israel lobby has stranglehold on US political system’

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  2. [...] Weir about this matter (it really is in the last third of the interview) which you can listen to here. (Ms. Kwiatkowski may have indentified one of the goons in this interview but not the guy who [...]

  3. ‘Pro-Israel lobby has stranglehold on US political system’

    That's the increasingly acceptable way of phrasing it. Perhaps one day it'll be acceptable to say the obvious truth that the regime is pro-Jewish. And when conflicts of interest arise between Jews and other American groups, those other American groups are disprivileged just like the Palestinians — most obviously the founders of the Old America, the European-Americans, who are now being made to undergo demographic replacement at a rate not much slower than the Palestinians of the mid-20th century.

  4. Of all the passions that enflame the Muslim world against the United States resides uncritical U.S. support for Israel. Next is our endless militarism that coincidentally but not accidently corresponds with oil producing nations. And finally, what appears as a war, both literally and from a propagandist point of view… against Islam.

  5. Perhaps the descendants of the founders of the Old America, rather than the founders themselves, unless they're approaching their 275th birthdays, need some assistance in the mating game. The name "fellist' suggests a sexual practice that is not going to do the job.

  6. 29 standing ovations from Congress for Netanyahu speech is not fandom. 29 standing ovations is Stalin- Saddam Hussein-Kim Jong Il fear. Palestine/Isreal: If we don't fix it is understandable (not desirable ) but being a puppet of a faction of a nation of 7 million people is a coup d'etat.

  7. Someday you may notice that religious right nut-burgers give these lobbies their clout. They are actually "Let's Speed Up The End of the World" lobbies.

  8. Colonel Kwiatkowski is tossing her oak leaves into the ring–she's running for a seat in Congress. Carry on, Colonel!

    Lay it on the line with the sheeple of your district. Tell 'em how the U.S. Government's imperialist foreign policy engenders massive hatred and blowback against our Fatherland. Tell 'em why the U.S. Government's servility toward Israel is so criminally moronic.

    Don't be afraid of Israel-First pressure and money that will be brought to bear against you.

  9. They are called neocons and Kookie Kristians.

  10. Kick 'em BECAUSE they're down. Thanks for revealing yourself, David.

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  13. Boinkin is a fuckin' nut. Kwiatkowski is an American hero.

  14. Sorry for the spelling and the last sentence was a question and should have ended with a question mark.???????????They represent what the world will be like in the even near future.only GOD nows and iof you don't have faith than no one does.

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