Some Libertarian Party members are already offering suggestions for our 2008 presidential candidate in the LP News, so I'd like to nominate the woman who should have been our candidate in 2004: Virginia LP member Karen Kwiatkowski.
We had a fine lineup of contenders in 2004, but none with Kwiatkowski's creds. Those who've read her articles at LewRockwell.com, among other places, know that she's a retired Lt. Colonel who worked in the Pentagon during the planning stages for the Iraq War. She later revealed how the neocons had pressured the military into doctoring their intelligence analyses in favor of war. Kwiatkowski's been interviewed by significant media outlets across the political spectrum: Fox News, L.A. Weekly, In These Times, The American Conservative. She also gave an interview for the film Hijacking Catastrophe.
As a retired military officer, Kwiatkowski had the expertise to debate foreign affairs and national security — the big issues of 2004 — on a level playing field with Kerry and Bush. As someone known to the media, she'd have drawn more extensive and respectful coverage than any of the other "big three" LP contenders. And as retired military, it'd be hard for anyone to besmirch her patriotism.
However, foreign affairs and national security are likely to remain big issues in 2008, so Kwiatkowski will likely remain the LP's most viable potential candidate.
Unfortunately, I only discovered that Kwiatkowski was a ten-year LP member during the 2004 LP national convention. Looking back, I wish I'd circulated a Draft Kwiatkowski petition, but it was my first LP convention and I didn't know the mechanics of nomination until too late.
Of course, I don't even know if she'd have accepted the nomination. But, provided that she's willing, I think Libertarians should seriously consider Karen Kwiatkowski for president (not merely for veep) for 2008.