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Analysis & Commentary - Clifford D. May

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18th April 2018 – The Washington Times

Middle East missions to accomplish

Clifford D. May

Can we at least agree that President Trump’s decision to strike three chemical weapons facilities owned and operated by Bashar al-Assad – vassal of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Russia – was consistent with American values? more...

11th April 2018 – The Washington Times

What’s at stake in Syria

Clifford D. May

Syria is a far-away land about which we know little. But we do know this: Over the past seven years, more than a half million people have been slaughtered there, with an estimated 150 murdered by chemical weapons just last weekend in a town outside Damascus. more...

4th April 2018 – The Washington Times

Give anti-globalism a chance

Clifford D. May

“Globalism” is one of those Humpty Dumpty words that seems to mean whatever those using it “choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” more...

28th March 2018 – The Washington Times

The problem with promoting democracy

Clifford D. May

In a better world, I’d be enthusiastically in favor of democracy promotion and even nation-building – more correctly called state-building. But we don’t live in a better world. The world in which we do live is increasingly dominated by authoritarians. Xi Jinping in China, Vladimir Putin in Russia, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey – all have become, effectively, presidents for life. more...

20th March 2018 – The Washington Times

The Egyptian riddle

Clifford D. May

With presidential elections coming up on March 26, Egypt’s capital is festooned with campaign billboards and posters. That’s an encouraging sight in the Middle East, and yet I sense that something is amiss. It takes me a while to realize what: The posters and billboards all feature one candidate, incumbent President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Other contenders are nowhere to be seen. more...

13th March 2018 – The Washington Times

A pope and a grand imam

Clifford D. May

Pope Tawadros II had planned to spend last week on retreat in a monastery near Alexandria. But then Mohammed bin Salman, on a three-day visit to Egypt, asked to see him. more...

28th February 2018 – The Washington Times

Black lives in Africa

Clifford D. May

No nation in Africa is receiving more attention right now than Wakanda. And why not since, as Anthony Lane writes in The New Yorker, Wakanda is “a model of serenity,” that also is “wisely ruled,” in addition to being “an unplundered homeland, blooming from liberty rather than from bondage.” more...

20th February 2018 – The Washington Times

Hopeless in Gaza

Clifford D. May

Gaza has been an unhappy place for a long time but the situation is now reportedly growing desperate. Jobs are scarce, electricity is intermittent, drinking water is unsafe, and raw sewage released into the Mediterranean is washing up on Gaza’s white sandy beaches. more...

13th February 2018 – The Washington Times

Why peace can’t be processed now

Clifford D. May

Decade after decade, one administration after another has set in motion what has been called a “peace process.” None has come close to ending the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. more...

6th February 2018 – The Washington Times

Russia’s disinformation offensive

Clifford D. May

For decades, thousands of Soviet propagandists and espionage agents disseminated tons of dezinformatsiya around the world. Today, using social media, sophisticated tech platforms and cyber weapons, the Russian government, headed by Vladimir Putin, is running a dezinformatsiya offensive beyond Joseph Stalin’s wildest dreams. more...

31st January 2018 – The Washington Times

Ranking America’s enemies

Clifford D. May

High among President Trump’s first-year achievements: Appointing James Mattis secretary of Defense. His experience, knowledge, dedication and just plain toughness qualify him, perhaps uniquely, for what he clearly sees as the most important mission of his life — ensuring that America’s military forces are equal to the threats they will face over the years ahead. more...

24th January 2018 – The Washington Times

The terrorist A-Team

Clifford D. May

As for Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based Party of God, it was first designated by the U.S. government as a terrorist organization in 1997. It has been similarly designated by Canada, the Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and others. Yet it has gone from strength to strength. more...

17th January 2018 – The Washington Times

The president’s speech

Clifford D. May

Much of my so-called career as a foreign correspondent was spent in countries that could accurately be described with the scatological adjective allegedly uttered by President Trump last week. more...

10th January 2018 – The Washington Times

Europe’s Silence

Clifford D. May

It’s tempting to say that Europe’s leaders lack the courage of their convictions. But that would imply that they have convictions. The evidence suggests those days are gone. more...

2nd January 2018 – The Washington Times

Eruption in Iran

Clifford D. May

The revolution that transformed Iran in 1979 was a grand experiment. From that moment on, Iran would be ruled by an ayatollah, a man with deep knowledge of sharia, Islamic law. He would be the “supreme leader,” a euphemism for dictator. He would merit that authority because he would be regarded, literally, as God’s “representative on Earth.” more...

26th December 2017 – The Washington Times

The world according to Trump

Clifford D. May

A National Security Strategy is less a plan of action than an attempt to prioritize. Who, in the president’s judgment, most threatens America? What means do we have and what capabilities must we develop to defend the homeland and protect our freedoms? more...

20th December 2017 – The Washington Times

Reimagining a more realistic “peace process”

Clifford D. May

“The peace process” is the name we’ve given to decades of attempts to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The reality: These diplomatic efforts have never made meaningful progress. more...

29th November 2017 – The Washington Times

The man who would be Saudi king

Clifford D. May

Mohammad bin Salman is a young man in a hurry. When I visited Saudi Arabia back in February he was only the deputy crown prince. Nevertheless, it was he — not 81-year-old King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and not the crown prince, 58-year-old Muhammad bin Nayef — who was the talk of the town. more...

22nd November 2017 – The Washington Times

The battle for the lands of the caliphate

Clifford D. May

Soon after taking office, President Trump ordered his national security advisers to provide “a complete strategic review of our policy toward the rogue regime in Iran.” Last month, based on that review, he announced a new strategy “to confront the Iranian regime’s hostile actions,” including its development of missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads, its support for terrorists, and its neo-imperialist aggressions. This month that strategy is facing its first serious test. more...

15th November 2017 – The Washington Times

Came the revolution

Clifford D. May

My political orientation has evolved slowly over decades. With one exception: I became anti-Soviet and anti-Communist overnight. More quickly than that, actually. more...