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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

Illustration on Hamas and press freedom by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Reporters in Gaza have never been free

Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood branch that rules Gaza, sat out this month's conflict between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, a smaller Gaza-based terrorist group tied to Iran's rulers. Published August 16, 2022

America's Forever War with al Qaeda and Islamic Jihad Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The ‘forever war’ against the West

Just under a year ago, President Biden asked, "What interest do we have in Afghanistan at this point with al Qaeda gone?" Published August 9, 2022

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

U.S. must lead in shaping the future of the world

Altruism is a virtue. But altruism is not a serious basis for foreign policy. So, if you support Ukraine's resistance to Russian conquest only because it's a David-vs.-Goliath struggle you're a good person. But you're not thinking seriously about foreign policy. Published July 5, 2022

Illustration on ideological Westerners self-hate in the West by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Westerners, too, are waging a ‘War on the West’

Vladimir Putin's Russia. Xi Jinping's China. Ali Khamenei's Iran. Al-Qaida. The Islamic State. These and other actors are waging a war on the West, a war against Western power and values. Published June 21, 2022

Illustration on Turkey’s behavior in NATO by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Turkey: NATO’s problem child

Turkey is a long way from the North Atlantic, yet it is a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Published May 24, 2022

A woman passes by a mural depicting the Russian President Vladimir Putin that reads: ''Brother'' vandalized with paint, in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, May 7, 2022. Despite having to pay a big price Serbia for not introducing sanctions to Russia, Serbia will not do it , Serbian President Vucic said, but despite that the country will stay on its path toward the EU. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Tyrannical dictator Putin gives new life to NATO

Credit where credit is due: Russian President Vladimir Putin is revitalizing the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, an alliance that has never been obsolete but had become obsolescent. Published May 17, 2022

Illustration on the Ukraine war and options for peace by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Diplomatic end to Putin’s Ukraine war unlikely

Let's acknowledge that we're treading on dangerous ground. Russia is ruled by a thug who has launched a war intended to extinguish Ukraine as an independent nation. Published April 19, 2022

Illustration on Russia and neighbors attacking internationally by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Russia is not the only nation threatening its neighbors

With oceans to our east and west, and weak neighbors to our north and south, we Americans sometimes have a hard time understanding the plight of nations threatened by big, bad neighbors. Published April 12, 2022

Illustration on the new Cold War with Russia by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Cold War II and Biden’s new ‘new world order’

These are confusing times, and President Biden is not helping to bring clarity. Last week, for example, he told the Business Roundtable that "there's going to be a new world order." What could he possibly have meant? Published March 29, 2022