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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

Articles by Clifford D. May

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

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

Israel’s daunting decision illustration by Linas Garsys / The Washington Times

Israel’s daunting decision on drawing permanent borders

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his new coalition government now face a daunting decision. The Trump administration has indicated that it would not object if Israelis were to extend sovereignty to parts of the West Bank. Published May 19, 2020