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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 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

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 30, 2020 file photo, Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno arrives for a group photograph during the G5 Sahel summit, in Nouakchott, Mauritania. Deby, who ruled the central African nation for more than three decades, was killed on the battlefield Tuesday, April 20, 2021 in a fight against rebels, the country's top military commander announced on national television and radio. (Ludovic Marin/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Idriss Deby: The death of an African warrior

We worry about the Middle East. We pivot toward Asia. As for Latin America, we at least pay attention to Venezuela, Cuba and the countries from which emigrants are streaming north. Published April 27, 2021

Illustration on the war in Afghanistan by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

U.S. chooses defeat in Afghanistan

If the Taliban were not teetotalers, they'd be shopping for champagne about now in response to President Biden's decision to unconditionally withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021. Published April 20, 2021

Illustration on Biden's foreign policy bad deals by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Biden’s bad foreign policy deals

President Obama gave without getting, and then postured as though he'd achieved spectacular victories. President Biden is now doing likewise. Published April 13, 2021

Assad and the Red Line Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why Assad crossed Obama’s red line

"Ayman" was a skilled Syrian scientist producing chemical weapons at Institute 3000, a facility within the deceptively named Scientific Studies and Research Center near Damascus. Published March 23, 2021

Illustration on the UN and COVID by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Despots dominate the WHO and the UNHRC

I understand why Joe Biden wants to rejoin the World Health Organization and the United Nations Human Rights Council. The new president is a multilateralist. Published February 16, 2021

Hezbollah harm and murder illustration by Linas Garsys / The Washington Times

Who killed Lokman Slim?

"Killing for them is a habit," Rasha al-Ameer told reporters last week. Published February 9, 2021

Illustration on coming bad times by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Is America prepared for a catastrophic cyberattack?

Attacks intended to shut down financial systems, electricity, water supplies, transportation, communications -- perhaps even the entire U.S. economy could happen. What's the plan? Published January 26, 2021

Illustration on China's influence on Europe by Linas Garsys\The Washington Times

Europe capitulates to China’s rulers

The challenges facing what we used to call, with pride and confidence, the Free World are daunting. Illiberal authoritarians of various stripes are increasingly assertive and audacious. Published January 5, 2021