Source: Business Insider
Amid ongoing tensions with Iran, President Donald Trump and other Republicans have worked especially hard to discredit or silence critics of their actions. This behavior echoes that of Joseph McCarthy, as it involves falsely labeling loyal American citizens as disloyal. But it goes further in that it is not the effort of one senator but instead a kind of hyperpartisanship in which many Republicans see Democrats as no better than foreign adversaries, writes longtime intelligence veteran and security analyst Paul R. Pillar. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories . A surge of attempts to silence legitimate and thoughtful foreign policy criticism has reached new depths, impugning the loyalty of those who happen to have policy differences with those doing the impugning. The resulting damage is not just to individual reputations, but also to freedom of speech and to the care and wisdom that should be applied to the formulation of policy. The Trump administration has set the tone, as it did when briefing members of Congress about the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani.