There are still heroes and Karen Kwiatowski is one of them. “After two decades in the U.S. Air Force, Lieutenant Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski, now 43, knew her career as a regional analyst was coming to an end when – in the months leading up to the war in Iraq – she felt she was being ?propagandized? by her own bosses.”
Karen worked with the Office of Special plans – a group given the task of not investigating Saddam’s WMD development but tasked with justifying a war to help regain economic control over Iraq. I’ve been following her in the news and she is tearing ass across the current administration and exposing what we all suspected: there was no justification for war.
LA Weekly: You gave your life to the military, you voted Republican for many years, you say you served in the Pentagon right up to the outbreak of war. What does it feel like to be out now, publicly denouncing your old bosses?
Kwiatowski: Know what it feels like? It feels like duty. That?s what it feels like. I?ve thought about it many times. You know, I spent 20 years working for something that ? at least under this administration ? turned out to be something I wasn?t working for. I mean, these people have total disrespect for the Constitution. We swear an oath, military officers and NCOs alike swear an oath to uphold the Constitution. These people have no respect for the Constitution. The Congress was misled, it was lied to. At a very minimum that is a subversion of the Constitution. A pre-emptive war based on what we knew was not a pressing need is not what this country stands for. What I feel now is that I?m not retired. I still have a responsibility to do my part as a citizen to try and correct the problem.