Karen Kwiatkowski, columnist at lewrockwell.com 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 lewrockwell.com.