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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. He can be reached at

Columns by Clifford D. May

Iran arming terrorists illustration by The Washington Times

Iran’s arsenal of tyranny

More than 3,000 assault rifles, 578,000 rounds of ammunition and 23 anti-tank guided missiles. Published February 7, 2023

Illustration on Putin's mind by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

What is Putin thinking?

I've begun talking to myself. Not good. But who else can I talk to? I'm surrounded by fools and incompetents. Published January 24, 2023

Illustration on Biden defending the border from illegal immigration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Biden doesn’t intend to defend America’s borders

In Mexico City last week, the president of the United States met with the president of Mexico and the prime minister of Canada for what was dubbed the "Three Amigos Summit." Published January 17, 2023

Illustration on Jordan and the Abraham Accords by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why Jordan has not joined the Abraham Accords

Some years ago, a colleague and I were in Israel at the home of a former member of the intelligence community who maintained his international connections. Published December 20, 2022

Biden speech illustration by Linas Garsys / The Washington Times

The speech Biden should give (but don’t hold your breath)

Good afternoon! Well, as you know, I'm just back from the Middle East and Asia. I've been doing a lot of thinking -- no joke! -- and I want to share some of my thoughts with you, my fellow Americans. Published November 15, 2022

Illustration on United Nations' attacks on Israel by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

United Nations goes DEFCON 3 on Israel

Vladimir Putin is slaughtering Ukrainian men, women and children. Xi Jinping is committing genocide against the Muslims of East Turkistan. Published October 25, 2022