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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
June 17, 2008

President Bush meets with General Dan McNeill, Former Commander of the International Security Assistance Force
Oval Office

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10:44 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: It's been my privilege to serve with two really fine Americans, General Dan McNeill and Maureen McNeill. I've gotten to know the General well. He's a tough, no-nonsense patriot who was our commander in Afghanistan. I want to thank you very much for the briefing you just gave me about the issues that we face, your optimism about success.

President George W. Bush thanks U.S. Army General Dan McNeill, former commander of the International Security Assistance Force, for his command service in Afghanistan following their meeting in the Oval Office Tuesday, June 17, 2008.  White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian I was telling the Secretary and the General I just -- about my trip to Europe, where I was pleased with the strong commitments of our allies to helping us succeed in Afghanistan. They know that what happens in Afghanistan matters to their own internal security.

They fully understand as well that helping young girls go to school and helping moms raise their babies in a -- you know, in a better environment, helping rebuild this society after years of tyranny is in all our interests. And it's also a moral duty we have.

And so I'm pleased, Mr. Secretary, that your hard work in working with the allies is paying off.

And, General, I know you're moving on, but the country thanks you for what you did. The world is better off because of your service. I'm proud to have you here.

GENERAL McNEILL: Thank you, Mr. President.

THE PRESIDENT: Yes, sir.

END 10:46 A.M. EDT


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