A Lame Letter to Bush

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland loves Ohio soldiers. Really, no kidding — he even wrote a letter about it. I’m all for an end to the deployment/Big Brother mentality that seems to directing the use of the U.S. military all over the freakin’ world, but I really can’t see the point of Strickland’s letter to Bush:

“Dear President Bush:
“I write to you today in concern for the continued and unprecedented sacrifice our men and women in the Ohio National Guard bear in relation to the ongoing conflict in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere.
“Yesterday the Department of Defense announced an alert order for the possible deployment of additional replacement units in support of the war in Iraq. Four National Guard brigade combat teams, including the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team from Ohio, could be deployed as soon as December 2007.
     “As you are aware, the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team was originally in line for possible mobilization in 2009. The timeframe has been moved up dramatically. This is a significant departure from the commitment made to Ohio soldiers and their families, and I believe it is a breach of faith.
“While this alert purportedly is not associated to the current ‘surge,’ I remain troubled by the significant burden Ohioans continue to shoulder during the recent conflicts, with over 9,000 Ohio soldiers deployed since 9/11.
“The brave men and women who serve in the Ohio National Guard are putting their lives on the line. I am asking for your assurance that, prior to deployment, every Ohio soldier has the most up-to-date equipment, including individual body armor systems, M-4 rifles and other weapons systems, night vision devices and up-armored type wheeled vehicles. I am also asking for your assurance that every Ohio soldier has appropriate training.
“Our soldiers and their families deserve nothing less. On behalf of the men and women in the Ohio National Guard, I look forward to your response and assurances.”

Is this a complaint letter? If you don’t think they should be deployed two years early, then make a convincing case. I’ve sent a more persuasive letter to the manufacturer of a pet odor/waste-cleaning product to get my money back.

Is this a demand for professional treatment for Ohio National Guard troops? This comes across more like Oliver begging for more gruel: “If you please, sir.” “Asking” for an “assurance” that they’ll have guns that work, body armor and all the other tools of war hardly seems like an expectation of professionalism.

To me, this reads like a PR ploy — show the voters, the troops and the Republicans that Strickland (a Democrat) understands the significance of war and, even though he hates war, loves Ohio troops. He wants them to be protected while fighting to the death.

I don’t question that the man dislikes the war and that he doesn’t want to see more people die needlessly. That’s not the point. What I question is the purpose of distribution of this letter as a media release and the message it’s supposed to send to Ohio and the president.

Personally, I think the guy needs a new letter writer with some backbone and the ability to formulate and communicate a definitive statement. But that’s just my opinion. What’s yours?

— Margo Pierce

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8 Comments on “A Lame Letter to Bush”

  1. FOXYROXY Says:

    I heard him on NPR on my way to work this morning–he sounded incredibly weak. He was stammering, literally, and the host had to help him make his points on this.

    Now don’t get me wrong, I still think Strickland was a step in the right direction, but the man needs to grow a pair.

  2. Green Says:

    He’s just another spineless Democrat that is owned by King Coal and other special interests. He doesn’t care anything about democracy or our constitution.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Green spine gave us Bush so spare me your righteousness

  4. kitkat Says:

    a lame letter to Bush from a lame governor.

  5. Rita Says:

    “A lame Governor.” “Aspineless Governor.” I have the feeling I should thank you for giving us the opportunity to have Bush, Taft and Schmidt in office. Given that, I’m sure you must know how much I respect your comments. (Just so you don’t get confused – this is called sarcasm.)

  6. mc Says:

    I fail to see how a letter against the continuation of this war is somehow wrong. If we object to Strickland’s style and feel he should be more blatant, send Strickland a letter re his style and prose.

    I am fairly sure that Bush’s buddy, Bob Taft, never bothered making the point to W. He was too busy getting convicted. Strickland and all Ohians are busy dealing with the mess Taft left us.

    So far, Strickland has made more sense in office during his short time there than Taft ever did. If his letter did not meet with approval, perhaps he had a lot on his plate already. Unlike Bob Taft, Strickland is a mere mortal, just like the voters who put him into office in 2006.

  7. mc Says:

    I fail to see how a letter against the continuation of this war is somehow wrong. If we object to Strickland’s style and feel he should be more blatant, send Strickland a letter re his style and prose.

    I am fairly sure that Bush’s good buddy, Bob Taft, never bothered making the point to W. He was too busy getting convicted. Strickland and all Ohians are busy dealing with the mess Taft left us.

    So far, Strickland has made more sense in office during his short time there than Taft ever did. If his letter did not meet with approval, perhaps he had a lot on his plate already. Unlike Bob Taft, Strickland is a mere mortal, just like the voters who put him into office in 2006.


  8. The Commander in Chief has spoken. The Governor and his 2 star must act. The question is where is Ohio’s fair share of the 600B DOD budget going to equip and trainup our boys and girls.


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