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Sep 7th, 2011


One Year Ago — September 7, 2010

Iraq-Afghanistan Casualties

One year ago today, I provided my weekly report of U.S. military deaths in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Army Capt. Dale A. Goetz, 43, of White, S.D., died Aug. 30, 2010 in the Arghandab River Valley, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

Also killed in the attack were Pfc. Chad D. Clements, Staff Sgt. Jesse Infante, Staff Sgt. Kevin J. Kessler, Army Staff Sgt. Matthew J. West.

Capt. Goetz was the first Army chaplain killed in action since the Vietnam war.


Two Years Ago — September 7, 2009

Iraq Violence Persists

Image: Local residents look at destroyed vehicles after a car bomb attack in Ramadi
Iraqis look at destroyed vehicles after a car bomb attack Monday, Sept. 7, 2009 in Ramadi, about 60 miles west of Baghdad. (Photo credit: Ali Mashhadani / Reuters)

Two years ago today, on September 7, 2009, I reported that suicide attackers struck near a Shiite mosque north of Baghdad and a checkpoint west of the Iraqi capital as bombings killed at least 17 people nationwide.


Three Years Ago — September 7, 2008

Campaign Against Michele Bachmann: Day 55

Rice-Constituents_09-07-2008.jpg Distributing Campaign Literature in Rice, Minn. picture by Rifleman-Al
Two constituents take a look at campaign literature distributed at the Old Creamery Arts & Crafts Show in Rice, Benton County.

Three years ago today, on September 7, 2008 — the 55th day of my 2008 campaign against incumbent U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann for the Republican nomination in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District — I featured information from the Star Tribune Voter’s Guide, commentary by Eric Zaetsch of the “Developers are Crabgrass” blog, and gave an update on my get-out-the-vote campaign efforts.

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