Mike Pence believes that Tehran’s intention was to kill American troops in the ballistic missile attack on United States forces in Iraq, which is an echo of the nation’s top general, however contradictory to a belief among some Trump administration officials that Iran intentionally missed areas populated by Americans.
“The ballistic missiles fired at American bases…we believe were intended to kill Americans. We have intelligence to support that was the intention of the Iranians,” Pence said during an interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie.
Pressed by Guthrie, the vice president said it was “not at all” risky to let Iran take the shot. He said the U.S. response at the bases was not “simply hunkering down,” noting that the U.S. military repositioned personnel and assets, ultimately avoiding any casualties.
Pence’s comments match Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley’s assessment Wednesday.
“I believe, based on what I saw and what I know, that they were intended to cause structural damage, destroy vehicles and equipment and aircraft and to kill personnel. That’s my own personal assessment,” Milley told reporters Wednesday.