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Analysis & Commentary - Clifford D. May

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18th July 2018 – The Washington Times

Make NATO great again

Clifford D. May

NATO’s first Secretary General, Lord Hastings Lionel Ismay, articulated the military alliance’s mission succinctly: “Keep the Soviet Union out, the Americans in, and the Germans down.” more...

11th July 2018 – The Washington Times

The Islamic Republic’s demands

Clifford D. May

Britain, France and Germany are three of America’s closest allies but they don’t always act like it. Last week in Vienna, their foreign ministers met with the foreign ministers of China and Russia, strategic adversaries of the U.S., as well as the foreign minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, a regime whose rallying cry for almost 40 years has been “Death to America!” more...

4th July 2018 – The Washington Times

Palestinians have mail

Clifford D. May

For years, smart and well-meaning “peace processors” have worked hard to find a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. They’ve never come close. more...

27th June 2018 – The Washington Times

Woman of the world

Clifford D. May

President Ronald Reagan’s 1981 appointment of Jeane Kirkpatrick as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations did not meet with universal approval. Never before had a woman held that position. And this woman happened to be a member of the opposition party. Nevertheless, Mr. Reagan chose her as his envoy to the global institution and included her in his cabinet. more...

19th June 2018 – The Washington Times

Trump’s bunker buster video blockbuster

Clifford D. May

Decade after decade, one U.S. president after another, Democrat and Republican alike, knew that the tyrants who rule North Korea were slowly but surely developing the means to incinerate American cities. Those presidents did nothing, or at least nothing effective. more...

13th June 2018 – The Washington Times

Ronald Reagan’s freedom agenda

Clifford D. May

Ronald Reagan was tough on totalitarians. On March 8, 1983 -- and to the chagrin of many of his advisors – he disparaged the Soviet Union as an “evil empire.” On June 12, 1987, standing by the barrier designed to prevent East Germans from escaping into West Berlin -- and again ignoring top deputies -- he rebuked Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall!” more...

6th June 2018 – The Washington Times

Pushing North Korea and Iran to the brink

Clifford D. May

It’s a simple question to ask: Do we have a vital national interest in preventing our self-declared enemies from acquiring deliverable nuclear weapons? more...

30th May 2018 – The Washington Times

Beyond Orientalism

Clifford D. May

Bernard Lewis, the incomparable scholar of the Middle East and Islam, died last week. I cannot claim to have known Professor Lewis well, but one didn’t need to spend much time in his presence to recognize how extraordinary he was. So rather than mourn, I intend to continue learning from him – from his life, literature and legacy. I also plan to raise a glass to him on May 31st: his 102nd birthday. more...

23rd May 2018 – The Washington Times

For Hamas and its allies, the worse the better

Clifford D. May

There was a time when even inveterate haters of Israel refrained from making common cause with terrorists, jihadists and exterminationists. That time has passed. more...

22nd May 2018 – USA Today

Mike Pompeo’s Iran speech reveals detailed plan that will require resolve to implement

Clifford D. May

Two weeks ago, President Trump terminated America’s participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the deal his predecessor cut with Iran’s rulers. Since then the administration’s critics — and more than a few of its friends — have been asking: What will replace the JCPOA? What’s the plan, man? more...

16th May 2018 – The Washington Times

Trump’s art of the nuclear deals

Clifford D. May

Donald Trump inherited two deadly serious national security crises, one in the Middle East, one in the Far East. Look closely and you’ll see that these crises are inseverable. more...

2nd May 2018 – The Washington Times

A little pivot to Central Asia

Clifford D. May

Kazakhstan is one of the ten largest countries in the world, yet most Americans couldn’t find it on a map. It spans Central Asia, home to the world’s most sophisticated civilizations in the Middle Ages, yet most Americans know nothing of the region’s ancient cities, scholars and poets. Today, Kazakhstan is a secular and anti-Islamist Muslim-majority nation, yet most Americans have no idea we have friends here. more...

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...