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Karen Kwiatkowski grew up in western North Carolina. She was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force in in 1983 and served tours in Alaska, Massachusetts, Spain, Italy and Fort Meade as a communications-electronics officer. She later served in political military analysis at the Pentagon, retiring after 20 years as a Lt Colonel. Since her retirement in 2003, she has spoken out against an interventionist foreign policy and written numerous essays and articles, most of which are available at lewrockwell.com. She has been featured in several documentaries including the award-winning, Why We Fight (2004). She was awarded the Sam Adams Award in 2018 and is a member of the Eisenhower Media Network. She holds advanced degrees from Harvard University, the University of Alaska and a Ph.D. from Catholic University in world politics. She and her husband of 41 years now raise cattle, sheep and horses in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.

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12 Responses to “KunstlerCast 382 — Lt. Col (Ret) Karen Kwiatkowski on American Interventionism”

  1. tom clark July 22, 2023 at 10:54 pm #

    The rooster at 39:30 (and beyond) was a nice touch. Otherwise, just wind Karen up and let her go…Jimbo did an admirable job of reigning this firecracker in. Must be nice having a military pension after 20 years service. She did an admirable job of biting the hand that feeds her.

  2. john0 July 23, 2023 at 7:20 am #

    I have seen some Twit posts in my time, but carping that military offers partial retirement at twenty years is scraping awfully close to the bottom of the barrel.

  3. Indian Jones July 23, 2023 at 5:46 pm #

    “She did an admirable job of biting the hand that feeds her.” Hey-ho!

    I guess if you want to serve honorably, it’s quite likely you’ll end up attacking “communist” anti-communists.

    If the truth is the first casualty of war, who’s the first murderer?

    • Indian Jones July 23, 2023 at 6:36 pm #

      One might suppose that if the left hadn’t been murdered by America’s “patriotic” anti-communists, this nonsense wouldn’t have had a chance to sprout.

  4. snagglepuss July 23, 2023 at 11:22 pm #

    With these podcasts I am always hoping for some new insights from the guest, but there was nothing really. Jim more or less had to feed her lines. And ( sorry but I am a Canucklehead) her ‘accent’ was straight out of ‘Deputy Brenda Lee Johnson’ from the TV Series ‘The Closer”. Not to be critical of that series because I loved it, but when expecting more insight from this professional a bit disappointing.

    I wish Andres Duany or Art Berman might make their way back to the podcast soon.

  5. Mick July 24, 2023 at 3:08 pm #

    Well, I’ll be the odd one out and say that I enjoyed this interview. Was it groundbreaking? No. Did I learn more than I already knew? No. But I liked hearing her perspective given her career experience. And she is a pleasant conversationalist. Sorry that the Canucklehead above didn’t like her accent. Ha! It was barely noticeable to me. Just do a shot of Schnapps or Yukon Jack next time you hear a “hayseed” accent. You’ll get through it better I bet. Eh?

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  6. snagglepuss July 24, 2023 at 11:23 pm #

    Guess your reading comprehension is low…never said I didn’t like it, only offered the comparison to a tv personality. It’s comical.
    Then again I don’t recall any major news anchor with an accent like that one. Canuckleheads like Peter Jennings, Morley Safer, Keith Morrison, and John Roberts did get the call for jobs. Hayseed? That’s right out of an earlier century. Fun.

    • Mick July 31, 2023 at 1:53 pm #

      No my reading comprehension is just fine. I knew that you did not literally say you didn’t like her accent. You insinuated it. You didn’t have to bring it up. But you did.

      It was a sly ad hominem to help you make the point that you didn’t like her as a podcast guest. You sorta- kinda insinuated that her lack of “insight” was at least somewhat tied to her “accent”. Or you just wanted to make fun of it.

      “….her ‘accent’ was straight out of ‘Deputy Brenda Lee Johnson’ from the TV Series ‘The Closer”. Not to be critical of that series because I loved it, but when expecting more insight from this professional a bit disappointing.”

  7. Cavepainter July 26, 2023 at 9:56 am #

    Hey fellow Cluster*****, our element that surfs sights like Jim’s have –and will always be — the barely audible mummer at the margin, entertaining ourselves with back-and-forth carping like one hears at faculty lounge gatherings. It’s colorful, witty and even illuminating, but I believe reveals mutual recognition that our “element” (by any other name) is really insignificant in directing the future.

    • Cavepainter July 26, 2023 at 9:57 am #

      Oh yeah, “sites”.

  8. Cavepainter August 3, 2023 at 2:54 pm #

    And BTW, thanks fellow posters, but special appreciation to Mick.


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