Karen Kwiatkowski, columnist at lewrockwell.com and retired USAF Lieutenant Colonel, discusses her run for Congress in Virginia’s 6th District; the media’s steadfast refusal to mention Ron Paul’s near-win in the Iowa straw poll – because he “can’t win;” why the RNC may have nominated John McCain in order to purposely lose the 2008 presidential election; why Congressional Reps should have to actually read and write the bills they vote on, instead of having aids and lobbyists do it for them (and should lose pensions and health benefits for good measure); how to convince the electorate to rein in the US empire, without actually saying “empire;” and why the steady drumbeat for war with Iran emerging from the Republican primaries must be stopped.
MP3 here. (20:17)
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.