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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 Islamist terror in France by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The death threat to free speech in France

How consequential will it be if the French acquiesce, agreeing to carve out an exception to free speech in deference to Islamists? Very. Published November 10, 2020

Wounded people are evacuated as smoke rises from a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. The massive explosion fueled widespread anger at Lebanon's ruling elite, whose corruption and negligence many blame for the disaster. Yet, three weeks later, the change many hoped for is nowhere in sight and the same politicians are negotiating among themselves over a new government. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Lebanon may be broken beyond repair

Long before the blast, Lebanon had begun shattering, politically and economically. Its elites bear the blame, and street protests against them have raged for almost two years. Published August 25, 2020

Putin's agents and cronies run amok in Britain

"The dissolution of the USSR was a time of hope in the West. Western thinking was, if not to integrate Russia fully, at least to ensure that it became a partner. By the mid-2000s, it was clear that this had not been successful." Published July 28, 2020

Illustration on the founding principles, Constitution and ideals of America by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Mike Pompeo's fight for unalienable rights

Mr. Pompeo's naming of a bipartisan Commission on Unalienable Rights, chaired by Harvard legal scholar Mary Ann Glendon, author of a book about Eleanor Roosevelt, provoked outrage, anger and intolerance. Published July 21, 2020

Illustration on lessons from WWII and the Cold War by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Learning lessons from World War II and the Cold War

What we should be debating now is not whether to continue defending America, but how best to sustain the mission, learning lessons from the wars America has successfully fought in the past. Published July 7, 2020

Illustration on Iranian aims for nuclear armament by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Iran's rulers (still) seek nuclear weapons

We now have overwhelming evidence that the nuclear weapons development program whose existence Iran's rulers have consistently denied continues to progress. Published June 23, 2020