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Karen Kwiatkowski, Ph.D, is a retired USAF lieutenant colonel, who spent her final four and a half years in uniform in the upper echelons of Pentagon. She shared her story about what went on during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq with the American Conservative Magazine and Salon. She writes regularly for, and may be contacted at

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Mitt Romney Warns Against Independent Thinking

(5) Comments | Posted March 14, 2010 | 2:41 PM

Good ole Mitt "has urged the Tea Party leaders not to be quite so independent minded", according to Yahoo! News, cautioning them not to mount direct electoral challenges outside the GOP establishment. I guess Romney will be running for President on the Anti-Change platform, against Obama's "Really, I...

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Honduras as Warning?

(2) Comments | Posted July 9, 2009 | 9:35 AM

I didn't understand the Honduran crisis until Phil Giraldi went to Tegucigalpa to report. Giraldi's outstanding and clear explanation at Campaign for Liberty of a constitution enforced is worth a read.

It occurs to me that Washington's anger at the Honduran Supreme Court and the Honduran Congress is...

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A great new novel -- and now is the time to read it

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2008 | 3:36 PM

I know the financial, economic and political world is falling apart .. but I only wanted to say that I am a new fan of Stuart Archer Cohen, and I particularly enjoyed his latest book, The Army of the Republic. Here's my review, entitled "What to Read While...

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Blood and Oil

(2) Comments | Posted July 9, 2008 | 12:45 PM

A new documentary entitled Blood and Oil has just been released, and it goes a long way to preparing a mindset that will create common ground between left and right, pro-war and antiwar, young and old, Americans and the rest of the world. Narrated by Michael Klare, and based on...

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Thinking About Oil? Try This!

(34) Comments | Posted June 19, 2008 | 10:50 PM

The NYT reports no-bid deals for American oil companies in Iraq. Are we there yet? Now can we come home? Well, maybe. In the meantime, gas is soooooooo expensive!

It really is. We blame the price on growing world demand -- you know, China and India. We blame our...

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I Want to Respect the Congress, Really I Do...

(12) Comments | Posted March 28, 2008 | 8:58 PM

Isn't it strange how we are just hearing about three representatives who traveled to Iraq in 2002 on what may have been Saddam's checkbook, and later voted against Bush's idiotic and illegal invasion of Iraq to change that regime?

But the good news is, when confronted by this...

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Five Years in Iraq -- What's the Problem?

(99) Comments | Posted March 22, 2008 | 8:10 PM

We know the numbers -- 1 trillion dollars, 5 years, 775 detainees in Guantanamo, 935 false statements made by the administration, about 4,000 dead Americans, 30-50,000 wounded soldiers, over 100,000 soldiers with treated and untreated PTSD, almost a million dead Iraqis, 2 million internally displaced Iraqis and up to...

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War is Good, Isn't It?

(44) Comments | Posted March 1, 2008 | 12:44 PM

We have three wardogs in the race for the White House. Obama -- while supporting continued threats to the Middle East and military action in Sudan -- seems the most peaceful in intent and current actions. Hillary is both shrill and angry, and McCain is all that and more.

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Can the Market End the Iraq Occupation?

(7) Comments | Posted September 17, 2007 | 6:16 PM

With the latest Blackwater screwup (or massacre, depending on which end of the gun you happen to be on) we may be looking at a quasi market decision that could end the occupation.

We have no status of forces agreement with Iraq, hence no honorable and fair way...

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O'Reilly, Betrayus, and the Truth

(30) Comments | Posted September 10, 2007 | 11:16 PM

Knowing what I know about the illegal and immoral occupation of Iraq, today's news was frustrating. No matter the station or the channel -- CNN, FOX, or PBS -- all I heard was lies about our occupation of Iraq repeated mantra-like by a swarm of the mentally lame posing as...

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Ron Paul, Iowa and the Presidency

(108) Comments | Posted August 11, 2007 | 2:30 PM

A lot of people are frightened of Dr. Ron Paul's possible presidency. They're scared to talk about it, to consider it, or recognize its possibility. Like so many frightened people, they are putting their heads in the sand, and hoping it will all just go away.

Give us a snarky...

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Operation Jumpstart -- for Iraq!

(6) Comments | Posted July 26, 2007 | 11:30 AM

Bush and Cheney go on and on about big and little al-Qaidas, evil Pashtunian Talibani Osama lovers in Pakistan, and that nasty old Iran -- and oh, the travesty of quitting this Armageddon-lite just as the Great Leader was peaking. Their earnest repetition of the latest talking points is really...

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Killing Time

(8) Comments | Posted January 8, 2007 | 6:54 PM

The wordsmithing on this NewWayForward must be hell! Is it a surge, a bump, an escalation, a slow buildup or a logical assertion of strength? Pray tell, does this NewWayForward have a purpose? And will these words inject new, powerful meaning into the day to day activities of our...

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Back in the Day....

(16) Comments | Posted December 6, 2006 | 5:54 PM

Towards the end of my military career, I witnessed some strange doings inside the Pentagon. Fantastically, the whole world now understands a great deal about the ugly transmogrification of American foreign policy in the Middle East.

An anonymous posting of mine on Colonel David Hackworth's site, Soldiers for...

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Rumsfeld's Legacy

(8) Comments | Posted November 11, 2006 | 7:00 AM

This Veterans Day, FOX and CNN are telling vets to put on their old medals and walk the streets like derelict Soviets. But they are behind the times, I fear, given that just this week, we witnessed a wonderful show of contempt for power-crazed cowardly incumbents and an overly centralized...

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Everybody Wants to be Antiwar!

(23) Comments | Posted August 25, 2006 | 11:08 AM

I'm shocked, shocked to see that Connecticut representative Chris Shays has become an antiwar candidate. This week, Shays joins all those those who know war, have participated in war, have studied war, and who care about the health of people and nations. He's on the antiwar team!


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Drunk on Power?

(25) Comments | Posted August 1, 2006 | 1:26 PM

George W. Bush has me worried. Recent press conferences, more than ever before, reveal to the world that the "leader of the free world" is dazed and confused. Republican candidates facing elections this fall worry with me about our addled President. Then I watch Condi and good old Ambassador Burns...

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All Hail Lt. Watada!

(42) Comments | Posted July 6, 2006 | 2:26 PM

Double standards don't shock those in uniform. Especially not today, with our Army slogging through an occupation of a very hostile Arab country for its oil, and to satisfy a Bush-Cheney regional "strategery." Yeah, yeah, I'm sure we are really there to help a fledging democracy, and let a thousand...

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Cheney's Speech at Vilnius -- You Gotta Love It!

(79) Comments | Posted May 5, 2006 | 7:35 PM

Dick Cheney can talk the talk. He gets it, he really does. It's just too bad he has to hide out in Lithuania when he speaks the truth. Americans today really need to hear what he has to say, and it is doubtful he'll repeat these words here at...

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Mea Culpa!

(20) Comments | Posted April 5, 2006 | 11:11 AM

My last posting, entitled "Mr. Frist , Get a Life" (now mercifully deleted), was based on a parody article at parody website, My apologies to readers. Some rules come to mind, regarding columns and postings. I'll share them here:

1) Listen openmindedly to your critics as well as your...

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