Karen Kwiatkowski

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1960 –

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Who is Karen Kwiatkowski?

Karen U. Kwiatkowski, née Unger, is an American activist and commentator. She is a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel whose assignments included duties as a Pentagon desk officer and a variety of roles for the National Security Agency. Since retiring, she has become a noted critic of the U.S. government's involvement in Iraq. Kwiatkowski is primarily known for her insider essays which denounce a corrupting political influence on the course of military intelligence leading up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. In 2012, she challenged incumbent Bob Goodlatte, in the Republican primary for Virginia's 6th congressional district seat in the United States House of Representatives and garnered 34% of the Republican vote on a constitutional and limited government platform.

While in the Air Force, she wrote two books about U.S. policy towards Africa: African Crisis Response Initiative: Past Present and Future and Expeditionary Air Operations in Africa: Challenges and Solutions. She contributed to Ron Paul: A Life of Ideas, and Why Liberty: Personal Journeys Toward Peace and Freedom,. She has been featured in a number of documentaries, including "Why We Fight" in 2005.

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Sep 24, 1960
Also known as
  • Karen Unger
  • Karen U. Kwiatkowski
  • Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski Ret.
  • United States of America
  • Harvard University
  • The Catholic University of America
Lived in
  • North Carolina

on July 23, 2013


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