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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

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

All the president’s enemies

As he begins his second year in office this week, President Biden looks toward the horizon and sees multiple challenges and threats. Published January 18, 2022

Illustration on the anti-semitic United Nations by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The U.N.’s final solution to the Israel question

Historians usually date the start of the Holocaust to June 1941 when German troops invaded the Soviet Union, identified Jewish civilians, lined them up and shot them by the thousands. Published January 11, 2022

American Revolution Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

American Revolution was not about tyranny (or slavery)

Science is never settled. Among those who established that: Copernicus, Galileo, Newton and Einstein. History is never settled either. No one has done more to establish that than Andrew Roberts, the great British historian. Published December 29, 2021

Illustration on Biden's defense of democracy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Biden’s weak defense of democracy

The Summit for Democracy upset China's totalitarian rulers. That's the most positive thing I can say about the two-day virtual conference convened by President Biden earlier this month. Published December 22, 2021

Illustration on Neo-imperialism China, Russia and Iran by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

China, Russia and Iran: The empires strike back

Let's play Jeopardy! The answer: "All were great empires in the past, and all now have rulers determined to establish great empires in the future." And the question is: "What are China, Russia and Iran?" Published December 15, 2021

Illustration on the global threat from Communist China by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Beijing’s strategy for global dominance

The Cold War was a struggle for global supremacy between two superpowers. It ended thirty years ago this month when the Soviet hammer-and-sickle flag was lowered for the last time over the Kremlin. Published November 30, 2021

Saule Omarova of New York testifies before a Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington to examine her nomination to be the Comptroller of the Currency, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Saule Omarova: Biden’s leftist banker

For decades, Joe Biden was known as a man of the center-left, a normal guy, a regular Joe. His views have changed. I'm going to venture a guess as to why. Published November 23, 2021

Measuring Global Warming Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Chill out about global warming

At the United Nations Climate Summit (aka COP26) in Glasgow last week, President Joe Biden declared that climate change is "the existential threat to human existence as we know it." Published November 9, 2021

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