In a pair of letters, the Bush administration assures Governor Strickland that Ohio's National Guard forces are being well equipped, trained and treated in Iraq.
But the governor isn't impressed. Through a spokesman, he says the responses to concerns he raised in April and May came from
mouthpieces for President Bush. Strickland argues that as
commander-in-chief of the Ohio National Guard, he deserves a
personal response from the president.
An official with the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Virginia, wrote Strickland June 13th that Guard units receive the same gear and training as active duty military units.
In another letter two days later, President Bush's deputy assistant, Maggie Grant, expressed similar views.