As President Obama stands before over 1,000 West Point Military Academy cadets who are expected to receive their diplomas Saturday, he will praise them for their accomplishments and service to their country but he will also talk about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters in Friday's briefing, the President will also outline some of the "principles that will be in the President's national security strategy released later next week."
President last spoke to cadets in December when he came to West Point to announce his strategy for Afghanistan. At that time, Mr. Obama said he would begin adding 30,000 U.S. troops to the region but would also vowed to bring the war to a "successful conclusion."
At this time, more than 70 West Point alumni have died in the war on terror.