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Clifford D. May

Clifford D. May

Clifford D. May is president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a columnist for The Washington Times.

Articles by Clifford D. May

Illustration on religious freedom by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Troubles between Congress and religious freedom

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is a small government agency that has done good work in the past and may do good work in the future -- if it's not transformed into a politicized bureaucracy. Published November 26, 2019

Illustration on tyranny around the globe by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Sanders, Omar not concerned about world's most oppressive empires

At a rally for Bernie Sanders in Minneapolis on Sunday, Rep. Ilhan Omar told a cheering crowd that she was excited to campaign for a presidential candidate who "will fight against Western imperialism and fight for a just world." Published November 5, 2019

This file image made from video posted on a militant website April 29, 2019, purports to show the leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, being interviewed by his group's Al-Furqan media outlet. (Al-Furqan media via AP, File)

The end of al-Baghdadi but the Islamic State marches on

The elimination of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a battle won. But it is not, by any stretch of the imagination, the end of the "endless war." Islamism, in all its fury and diversity, goes marching on. Published October 29, 2019

Illustration on the Syrian Kurd situation by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The Kurds are not angels

Angels don't make great soldiers. And the Kurds, with American training, assistance, advice and combat air support, were enlisted to fight the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, a barbaric enemy of Americans, Kurds and other civilized nations. Published October 22, 2019

Illustration on the situation in northern Syria by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

President Trump not ending the endless war in Syria

Mr. Trump's defenders say he is doing it for the troops, bringing them home where they'll be safe. But America's warriors volunteer not to be safe at home but to keep their fellow Americans safe at home by targeting our enemies wherever they live and plot. Published October 15, 2019

Columnist George Will, who quit the Republican Party when Mr. Trump won the presidential nomination, went so far as to urge conservatives to vote Democrat in this year's midterm elections to gut the party, which he said had become Mr. Trump's "plaything." (Associated Press/File)

George Will and American power

For more than 40 years, George Will has been producing erudite political commentary. Most often, I find myself agreeing with the arguments presented in his twice-weekly columns for The Washington Post. When I don't, I have to wrack my brains to figure out why, and how I might frame a cogent dissent. Published October 8, 2019

Illustration on anti-semitism by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Columbia University celebrates anti-Semitism

Malaysia's most celebrated Jew-hater is Mahathir Mohamad, the country's 94-year-old prime minister. Last week, Columbia University joined in the celebration. Published October 1, 2019

Illustration commemorating 9/11 by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Another unhappy September 11 anniversary

On September 11, 2001, a sparkling late summer morning, enemies of America hijacked four passenger jets and turned them into guided missiles. Published September 10, 2019

Illustration by Linas Garsys

The Islamic Republic lashes out

It's been 40 years since I've been to Iran. I'd love to return. At present, that seems inadvisable. Published September 3, 2019

Hong Kong illustration by Linas Garsys

Why Hong Kong has a right to self-determination

The other day, President Trump took it into his head to buy Greenland. That stirred outrage and anger. "Thankfully," said Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, "the time where you buy and sell other countries and populations is over." Published August 27, 2019

Illustration on anti-semitic attacks on Israel by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The anti-Israel lobby

While Ms. Tlaib and Ms. Omar support boycotting Israelis they profess outrage that Israelis might choose to boycott them. Published August 20, 2019

In Afghanistan, no deal is better than a bad deal

In Afghanistan, no deal is better than a bad deal

Two years ago this month, Zalmay Khalilzad, the distinguished diplomat who has served as America's ambassador to both Iraq and Afghanistan, praised President Trump for adopting "a realistic position regarding peace talks" with the Taliban, "moving away from President Barack Obama's pursuit of reconciliation regardless of the deteriorating military situation." Published August 13, 2019

Illustration on endless wars by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why endless wars can't be ended

"Only the dead have seen the end of war." Plato made that incisive observation a rather long time ago. Published August 6, 2019

How art imitates life in Ukraine

How art imitates life in Ukraine

Just over a year ago, Volodymyr Zelensky was a comic actor. One day, his rant against Ukrainian politics and politicians, surreptitiously recorded, goes viral on social media. The result: He's elected president of Ukraine with 67 percent of the vote. Published July 30, 2019