West Point grads ready for post-Afghanistan future


WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — With combat in Afghanistan winding down, members of the U.S. Military Academy's Class of 2014 insist they're equally prepared for the alliance-building future outlined by President Barack Obama at their graduation ceremony Wednesday.

But some of their mothers are breathing easier.

Obama told the 1,064 graduating cadets that they were the first West Point class since the 9/11 attacks that might not be sent into combat in Iraq or Afghanistan. While stressing that the world was still a dangerous place, the president used the speech at the storied Hudson River academy to call for a higher "threshold for military action." He called for partnering with countries where terrorist networks seek a foothold.

The new second lieutenants said they were ready for whatever is ahead. A few mothers said they were relieved Afghanistan was a less likely deployment.

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