Mike Pence tells US military graduates: you should expect to see combat

Mike Pence at West Point on Saturday. He said: ‘Donald Trump is the best friend the men and women of our armed forces will ever have.’

Mike Pence at West Point on Saturday. He said: ‘Donald Trump is the best friend the men and women of our armed forces will ever have.’ Photograph: Eduardo Muñoz/Reuters

(The Guardian Online) – Vice President Mike Pence has told the most diverse graduating class in the history of the US Military Academy the world is “a dangerous place” and they should expect to see combat.

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“Some of you will join the fight against radical Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq,” he said.

He also said: “Some of you may even be called upon to serve in this hemisphere.”

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Pence spoke shortly after the US announced plans to send another 1,500 troops to the Middle East to counter what the Trump administration describes as threats from Iran; as the longest war in US history churns on in Afghanistan; and on the same day national security adviser John Bolton said recent missile tests by North Korea violated United Nations security council resolutions, the first time a senior US official has made such a statement.

The administration is also depending more heavily on the military to deter migrants crossing the US-Mexico border.

Pence congratulated graduates on behalf of the president, who was on a state visit to Japan, and said: “As you accept the mantle of leadership I promise you, your commander in chief will always have your back. President Donald Trump is the best friend the men and women of our armed forces will ever have.”

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.