Speaking alongside Defense Secretary Mark Esper today, Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley warned future protesters who might attempt to breach a U.S. embassy in the Middle East that they would run into a “buzzsaw.”
Esper stated that given sufficient warning, preemptive attacks were also on the table. “The game has changed. We’re prepared to do what is necessary to defend our personnel and our interests and our partners in the region.”
The stark warning comes after the New Year’s Eve incident in Baghdad, where organized Iranian protesters set fire to sections of, and sought to break into, the U.S. embassy.