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Letter from National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley
I wish I could be with you today for your farewell ceremony to say thanks for the many contributions you’ve made to our nation’s security. Your efforts in developing the war on terrorism strategy, the global defense posture, the President’s June 24, 2002, Middle East speech, and moving forward the president’s agenda on advancing freedom and democracy are among your many significant accomplishments.
For the last four years, you and your fine staff have provided outstanding support to Secretary Rumsfeld and the President.
Your intellectual leadership within the interagency has helped us meet the challenges that face our nation at this critical time. But equally important, you have provided an example of honesty, decency, and integrity that have made you a valued colleague and friend to us all.
Thank you for all you have done. Every success to you and your family in the years ahead.
Stephen J. Hadley