Program Notes for Left Out (April 13, 2004)

Welcome to Left Out on WRCT 88.3FM. Left Out presents news and opinions from a perspective left out of the mainstream media. Left Out is co-hosted by Robert Harper and Danny Sleator. Today's program is produced by Jay Thurber. Listeners are welcome to call us at 412 621-WRCT (9728) or 412 268-WRCT (9728), or to send email to


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Guest: Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski (USAF, ret.)

Brief biography, from Military Week:

Karen Kwiatkowski recently retired from the active duty USAF as a Lieutenant Colonel. Her final assignment was as a political-military affairs officer in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Under Secretary for Policy, in the Sub-Saharan Africa and Near East South Asia (NESA) Policy directorates.

During Col. Kwiatkowski's time at NESA, she worked the North Africa desk, in the sister office to the Office of Special Plans. Prior to the Office of Secretary of Defense assignment, she served on the Air Force Staff, Operations Directorate at the Pentagon, the staff of the Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) at Fort Meade, Maryland, and served tours in Alaska, Massachusetts, Spain and Italy.

Col. Kwiatkowski has an MA in Government from Harvard, and MS in Science Management from the University of Alaska, and has completed both Air Command and Staff College and the Naval War College seminar programs. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Catholic University in World Politics (ABD), pursuing a dissertation on Overt/Covert War In Angola: A Case Study of the Implementation of the Reagan Doctrine.

Col. Kwiatkowski has authored two recent books on African issues, African Crisis Response Initiative: Past Present and Future (US Army Peacekeeping Institute, 2000) and Expeditionary Air Operations in Africa: Challenges and Solutions (Air University Press, 2001) and several papers.

She teaches online classes with the University of Maryland University College and American Public University System, and is an adjunct faculty in Political Science with James Madison University.

Col. Kwiatkowski lives on a small farm in western Virginia with the husband and four children, ages 12, 15, 17 and 19. She is a regular contributor to, and has had articles about her work with the Department of Defense published recently in the American Conservative.

Recently published books by Ronald Suskind and Richard Clarke have provided first-hand accounts of the Bush administration's handling of the 9/11 attacks, the Afghan War, and the Iraq War. While shocking to many, little of what they report is new, but was simply ignored (or, worse, systematically obscured) by the main-stream news sources in the U.S. Until recently the American press have served primarily as an outlet for the Bush administration's propaganda, neglecting their duty to investigate the truth behind the claims. As a case in point, the writings of career USAF officer Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski from inside the Pentagon's Near East and South Asia Policy directorate have been almost completely ignored in the United States --- the main exception being coverage by Knight-Ridder newspapers throughout the Iraq War. We are honored today to have as our guest Lt Col. Kwiatkowski (ret) on Left Out.

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