WEST POINT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Vice President Joe Biden told graduating cadets at West Point that the United States is able to focus on new global challenges after a decade of war.

Biden addressed the 972 U.S. Military Academy cadets in a ceremony on Saturday morning. He said that a nation emerging from a decade of war has greater flexibility.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell speaks with one of the graduates

“You are the leaders of your generation,” Biden told the cadets, “that 9/11 generation, which I predict will go down in history as the finest generation this nation has ever produced. You’re about to join the finest warriors in history, and they’re out there now.”

Biden’s election-year commencement speech at the storied military academy echoed themes struck by President Barack Obama at the U.S. Air Force Academy on Wednesday. Obama said that they were the first class in nearly a decade to graduate into a world that has no Osama bin Laden, no war in Iraq and no questions about when the war in Afghanistan will end.

NATO allies this week affirmed that the war in Afghanistan will end in 2014.

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