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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

Painting of the Battle of Lepanto of 1571 (public domain)

Remember the Battle of Lepanto

Last week, Oct. 7, to be precise, was the 450th anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto. Why should you give a flying fig? Published October 12, 2021

Illustration on Pakistan's radicalization by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Time for U.S. to unfriend Pakistan

Who's to blame for America's humiliating surrender in Afghanistan? We would be remiss to ignore the contributions of others to this historic fiasco. Prominent among them: Pakistan's leaders. Published September 22, 2021

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2019 file photo, Ben Cohen, left, and Jerry Greenfield, co-founders of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, attend a protest in Washington. The Vermont-based Ben & Jerry's has always been known for promoting social causes as much as its flavors of ice cream, but few have attracted as much attention as its decision to stop selling its ice cream in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and contested east Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

An open letter to Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield

Or is it okay if I call you Ben and Jerry? So, anyhow, I read your op-ed in The New York Times, headlined, "We're Ben and Jerry. Men of Ice Cream, Men of Principle," and I thought you might like - or at least tolerate - a little feedback. Published August 3, 2021

Illustration on the return of antisemitism by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The return of antisemitism

Antisemitism is back with a vengeance. According to the ADL, acts of assault, vandalism, and harassment against Jews are at the highest level "since ADL's tracking began in 1979." Published July 13, 2021

Conquest of the UN by China and Russia Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Russia and China’s conquest of the United Nations

After the 20th century's first great war, France, Britain, Italy, Japan, and other major powers founded the League of Nations. Its primary mission: to keep the peace. It failed, of course. Published July 6, 2021

Illustration on Iran and nuclear weapons policy by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Iran’s nuclear secrets have been exposed

The story begins on a cold night in January 2018 when Israeli agents stealthily broke into a warehouse in southern Tehran where Iran's rulers had stored an archive of their nuclear weapons program. Published June 15, 2021

Afghanistan Withdrawal Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Leaving Afghanistan

After Sept. 11, 2001, most Americans thought justice and prudence demanded sending troops to Afghanistan to oust the Taliban and extirpate its ally, al Qaeda, the organization that had carried out the most horrific terrorist attacks ever on U.S. soil. Published June 8, 2021

Illustration on opposition to Israel by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Enemies fighting Israel on other battlefields

For the moment, Hamas and Islamic Jihad have stopped shooting rockets at Israelis and, in response, Israelis have stopped targeting weapons arsenals in Gaza. Published June 1, 2021

Islamic Republic’s war on Israel illustration by Linas Garsys / The Washington Times

The Islamic Republic’s war on Israel

Iran's rulers fund, arm and instruct Hamas, which rules Gaza, and has fired more than 3,000 rockets at Israeli cities and villages over recent days. Published May 18, 2021