I recall an email discussion a decade ago, in which I noted that elected Democrats and opponents of the war continually hammering their desire to leave Iraq and Afghanistan, win or no, might be interpreted by our enemies as evidence of a lack of resolve on America's part, and an encouragement to continue fighting and wait us out. I asked that if this were true, did they then bear some responsibility for further American servicemen's deaths?
I didn't say they should be prevented, or that they had no right to speak. But I thought it was something that any public American should consider when making statements. Is there not some chance that we might win more quickly if our enemy were intimidated and discouraged? Isn't history actually full of such psychological factors affecting outcomes? Should that not at least be a consideration?
That question was rejected as not only wrong, but rather evil to be even mentioned. There was no chance of any such thing happening, and my suggestion that Americans should be censored (which I had not said) was fascistic.
Fast forward to today, when not only lefty news sources, but Secretary of State John Kerry are suggesting that Trump's statements are a powerful recruiting tool for ISIS. So apparently, the statements of presidential candidates, who have no actual power, have a great deal of influence on our enemies, while people with actual power, like US Senators, do not.