In an “open letter” to Libertarian National Committee chair Mark Hinkle, Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski (USAF, Ret.) argues that the Libertarian Party coddles a vocal party minority which favors foreign policy interventionism, and that this raises real image problems for the party. Former US Representative Bob Barr and Las Vegas gambling figure Wayne Allyn Root, the LP’s 2008 presidential and vice-presidential candidate, come in for specific criticism, and Kwiatkowski refers to the LP’s activities in the 2008 election cycle as “shenanigans.”
Embracing statists and nationalists quietly within the party is one thing; making them front and center as a leading voice of recruitment and policy means that these types of unprincipled non-libertarian perspectives become the LP in the minds of everyone.
The whole “open letter” is published at Freedom’s Phoenix.
Kwiatkowski, whose military career included work at the Pentagon and with the National Security Agency, became a public figure after writing about what she deemed the “corruption of intelligence” to justify the 2003 US invasion of Iraq. She was briefly a candidate for the Libertarian Party’s 2008 vice-presidential nomination and has been a recurring name in discussion of the 2012 nomination.