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Sep 3rd, 2011


One Year Ago — September 3, 2010

‘Tough Days Ahead’ in Afghanistan

U.S. Marines in the background provide security as a Marine and a U.S. Army Task Force Shadow flight medic, right, rush a Marine wounded in an explosive attack across a field to a medevac helicopter, west of Lashkar Gah, in southern Afghanistan Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010. (Photo credit: Brennan Linsley / AP)

One year ago today, I reported that U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, on a visit to Camp Nathan Smith, headquarters for U.S. operations in Kandahar, Afghanistan, said the likelihood of direct U.S. military engagement in Pakistan was very low but that “unfortunately, there are going to be more tough days ahead” in Afghanistan.


Two Years Ago — September 3, 2009

Chuck Hagel on National Defense

Former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), Distinguished Professor in the Practice of National Governance at Georgetown University; and Aubrey Immelman, Associate Professor of Psychology, St. Johns University, Collegeville, Minn., Sept. 23, 2009.
Chuck Hagel and Aubrey Immelman

Two years ago today, on September 3, 2009 – the same day Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the Obama administration’s effort in the eight-year-old Afghanistan war was “only now beginning” — I reported that former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) — my choice for successor to Secretary Gates — published an op-ed article in the Washington Post in which he cautioned, “No country today has the power to impose its will and values on other nations. … Bogging down large armies in historically complex, dangerous areas ends in disaster.”


Three Years Ago — September 3, 2008

Campaign Against Michele Bachmann: Day 51

Three years ago today, on September 3, 2008 — the 51st day of my 2008 campaign against incumbent U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann for the Republican nomination in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District — I released a video statement regarding the serious national security implications of the Iraq war, which Rep. Bachmann failed to address the previous evening in her speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. The full text of the statement is available on the blog entry for August 30, 2008.

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