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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
June 12, 2006

President Bush Meets with Interagency Team on Iraq
Camp David

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12:33 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: I want to thank Generals Abizaid and Casey, as well as Ambassador Khalilzad for the last -- for the briefing for the last three hours. I thought your assessment of the situation in Iraq was very realistic. I think your recommendations to us on how to win in Iraq, to have an Iraq that can govern itself, sustain itself and defend itself are -- your recommendations are valid.

President George W. Bush gestures as he addresses his top advisors during an interagency team meeting on Iraq Monday, June 12, 2006 at Camp David, Md., part of a two-day conference on Iraq. Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Council advisor Stephen Hadley are seen at left. White House photo by Eric Draper I look forward to continuing to visit with you later on this afternoon about how we can help this new government succeed. Zal, you've been -- I just want to thank you all very much for remaining in theater and working as hard as you are. You're making a significant difference.

And again, please give my best congratulations to the troops on the ground for bringing Zarqawi to justice. I fully recognize that's not going to end the war. On the other hand, it was a major blow to al Qaeda and the killers and terrorists that are trying to spread violence and suffering, and stop the emergence of a new democracy.

Zal, we left off where you were talking about the way forward in Iraq, and your perception of this new government.

END 12:36 P.M. EDT


President George W. Bush is joined by his top advisors during an interagency team meeting on Iraq Monday, June 12, 2006 at Camp David, Md., part of a two-day conference on Iraq.  White House photo by Eric Draper