Col. Karen Kwiatkowski, a lifelong conservative,
was appalled as the neocon wing of the Bush administration,
including her superiors at the Pentagon Planning
Department, ignored internal dissent, disregarded
its own intelligence and arrogantly pushed for a
war with Iraq.
to Kwiatkowski, the Office
of Special Plans at the Pentagon — a pet
project of Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld — was a prime mover
in what she calls a "neoconservative coup, a
hijacking of the Pentagon."
is a columnist with Military
Week, a regular contributor to LewRockwell.com,
and has had articles about her work with the Department
of Defense published recently in the American
Letter from Karen Kwiatkowski
Transfixing Power of Image: Karen Kwiatkowski,
Abu Ghraib and the $700 Million Misdirection was
posted at this website, Kwiatkowski has become
the target of a smear campaign that includes hit
pieces published by the American Enterprise Institute
and the National Review Online. She has also been
subject to "blatantly false" accusations
by Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona. Below is a Kwiatkowski's
am sending this to reporters and others who have contacted
me in the past, as a matter of courtesy and concern.
Rubin is currently attempting to smear me
as both a LaRouche adherent and anti-Semite, along
with others at the American
Enterprise Institute (AEI) and the National
Review Online. Additionally, Senator
Jon Kyl, R, Arizona, has taken these types of
lies and insinuations and published them (see attached
letter and text below). I am not and have never in
my life been associated with LaRouche or his organization,
know very little about it, and definitely do not
support it. I was a registered Republican all my
life until I switched directly to the Libertarian
Party some years ago. Specifically, Rubin's two personal
attacks on me on 18 and 19 May
at National Review Online are filled with lies, untruths,
and baseless defamation.
the intent is to negatively impact my credibility as
a witness to what went
on in the Pentagon leading up to the invasion of
wanted each of you to know from me that I am innocent
of the charges made in National Review Online in the
past two days, and also those mentioned by Senator
Kyl in a speech he has been giving. I have no LaRouche
connections, never sought out Jeff Steinberg (he called
me as did 100 other reporters last fall to the present),
and am not anti-Semitic. I stand 100% by what I have
written, most directly and completely the reports in
Conservative and Salon,
in my own words.
have already written the Senate, AEI, NRO, Michael
Rubin himself, CSIS and CFR (where Kyl gave his speech)
and others declaring my innocence and asking them to
correct the record. I have received no answers so far
you for your support. I am just a regular person, and
am not used to being smeared and denigrated by people
who are apparently very comfortable with lying. Because
of my upbringing and my 20 years as a military officer,
I am not at all comfortable with lying, and therefore
am extremely careful with what I say and write, such
that it is as honest and as accurate as I can make
Kwiatkowski's letter to the senate Judiciary Comittee,
Faxed 14 May 2004 to Senate offices.
730 Hart Senate Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
recent speech (located
at this website [in pdf format], and presented
to CSIS on 3 May 2004) provided a page one footnote
ostensibly detailing my background and political views.
Several important statements contained in this footnote are blatantly
false. The accusation that “Lt. Col. Kwiatkowski, a former U.S.
Air Force officer who served at the Pentagon during the buildup to Operation
Iraqi Freedom, works closely with Lyndon LaRouche…” is a
is absolutely false. I have no association with LaRouche
or his organization, have never worked closely or otherwise
with LaRouche, and know very little about his views
or his organization. I certainly do not advocate what
little I do know of his views.
Your mention that my writing “include[s] many weird, extremist,
and bigoted diatribes” reflects an opinion you are certainly entitled
to hold, assuming you have ever read any of my essays and not just selected
paragraphs. As many of my articles utilize satire as a primary literary
vehicle, they are vulnerable to being taken out of context. This is exactly
the same mistake made by George Will in a misleading and embarrassing
op-ed he penned on 16 March, and the Washington Post was kind enough
to publish my letter of response.
your footnote states, “And she is fixated on
Israel and what she sees as “Zionist” conspiracies.” Again,
this is absolutely false. It truly deserves no response,
as it is simply inaccurate.
hope that you, as a distinguished United States Senator,
are as disgusted as I am with the slanderous broadsides
aimed at American citizens critical of this administration’s
policy in Iraq, particularly those citizens like myself
who have served a long, honorable and productive career
in the United States Armed Services.
was a registered Republican from age 18 to 37, when
I switched party affiliation to the Libertarian Party.
I am a traditional conservative in all ways, and hearken
back philosophically to Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson
and before them, Edmund Burke. I am a Ph.D. candidate
at Catholic University currently completing my dissertation
on the Reagan Doctrine in Angola. I have been married
to the same man (a Republican) for 22 years and am
the mother of three teenagers and a 20 year old. My
parents and my parents in law are also Republicans.
I wanted you to know this so that you will fully understand
my current expectations.
expect a public correction of the record – to
include a correction to your speech electronically
posted at the website above, any other locations where
it may be posted, and your personal notification of
this change to all public venues where you have personally
given out this false and slanderous information.
I expect a cessation of any and all further false references to supposed
connections between my political views and the LaRouche organization,
as well as my purposed fixation with Israel.
hundreds of essays I have written on defense policy,
most of them relating to our Middle East policy, Israel
or Zionism is mentioned in probably ten of them. This
is actually an under-representation of the critical
importance of Israel as our top and most reliable ally
in the region. This fact, while you are apparently
unaware of it, affects your own credibility as a U.S.
I expect you to make a public statement for the congressional record
acknowledging that the information you are using in reference to me and
my political views, and writings, has been false.
if this false and slanderous information has been provided
to you by others, I would appreciate knowing their
names and organizations. I do know that Richard Perle
has been falsely claiming a LaRouche link since at
least January 2004, as I was asked on video by a BBC
journalist about Perle’s private statement to
him in this regard. I corrected the falsehood on the
record for the BBC, but obviously, the word has not
gotten out to the U.S. Congress.
you for your quick and honorable attention to this
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