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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 American cyber-security by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Will Biden learn from Trump and keep making America secure again

"Build Back Better" was Joe Biden's campaign slogan. How different is that, really, from "Make America Great Again"? Both BBB and MAGA suggest the need for restoration, for reversing deterioration and decline, for fixing what's broken. Published December 22, 2020

Illustration on Cold War II by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The Cold War with China has begun

China has been waging a Cold War against America for years. The current administration has recognized that reality. Published December 1, 2020

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