Vice President Mike Pence told the graduating class of the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday that the world is “a dangerous place” and that they should expect to see combat — maybe even in the Western Hemisphere, CBS News reported Saturday.
“Some of you will join the fight against radical Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq,” he told the 980 graduating West Point cadets.
“It is a virtual certainty that you will fight on a battlefield for America at some point in your life,” Pence said. “You will lead soldiers in combat. It will happen. Some of you may even be called upon to serve in this hemisphere.”
“As you accept the mantle of leadership I promise you, your commander in chief will always have your back. Mr. Trump is the best friend the men and women of our armed forces will ever have,” Pence added.
Pence’s remarks came as President Trump confirmed on Friday that he is dispatching 1,500 troops to the Middle East as tensions continue to escalate between the U.S. and Iran.