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Analysis & Commentary - Clifford D. May

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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...

8th November 2017 – The Washington Times

Osama bin Laden’s secret diary

Clifford D. May

On May 2, 2011, a Navy SEAL team made a brief stop in Abbottabad, Pakistan where they terminated Osama bin Laden’s life and then moved on to their second mission: collecting as much information as possible from within the al Qaeda leader’s compound. more...

1st November 2017 – The Washington Times

The 100-year-old promise

Clifford D. May

On Nov. 2 it will be exactly one hundred years since the Balfour Declaration, the British Empire’s statement in support of the establishment of “a national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine, then a backwater of the soon-to-be-defeated Ottoman Empire. more...

25th October 2017 – The Washington Times

The Kurdish test

Clifford D. May

It’s essential that President Trump make clear that further threats to the security and integrity of the Kurdish region will not be countenanced, that any advance on Erbil will be met with stiff sanctions and, if necessary, force. The U.S. should insist that all military operations cease immediately and that negotiations between Baghdad and Kurdish leaders commence under American auspices. more...

18th October 2017 – The Washington Times

Trump’s third way

Clifford D. May

President Trump made a tough call last week. European diplomats and an “echo chamber” in the mainstream media were insisting he “recertify” the nuclear weapons deal his predecessor concluded with Iran’s rulers in 2015. more...

11th October 2017 – The Washington Times

We’ll always have Paris

Clifford D. May

Europeans seem to have an increasingly bizarre and perhaps self-destructive view of the world, and their place in it. more...

4th October 2017 – The Washington Times

American values are not the cause of racism

Clifford D. May

Disrespect for America and for the flag that symbolizes America is disrespect for the long and strong African threads in that flag, and for those who struggled over generations to become Americans and to enrich the fabric of America. more...

27th September 2017 – The Washington Times

Latin America’s socialist-Islamist-narco-terrorist alliance

Clifford D. May

At the U.N. last week, President Trump had harsh words for the “socialist dictatorship” that has impoverished Venezuela. He railed against “Islamist extremism” and “radical Islamic terrorism,” the former a supremacist ideology, the latter a weapon being used to mass-murder Muslims, Christians Yazidis, Jews and Hindus. He took note, too, of the threat posed by “international criminal networks” that “traffic drugs, weapons, people.” more...

20th September 2017 – The Washington Times

The new Persian empire

Clifford D. May

Eleven years ago, Henry Kissinger famously said that Iran’s rulers must “decide whether they are representing a cause or a nation.” If the latter, Iranian and American interests would be “compatible.” As for the former: “If Tehran insists on combining the Persian imperial tradition with contemporary Islamic fervor, then a collision with America is unavoidable.” more...

13th September 2017 – The Washington Times

Fixing the United Nations

Clifford D. May

The United Nations was created in the wake of World War II by the major Allied nations that had prevailed — at an enormous cost in blood and treasure — over the Axis powers. Its founders proclaimed ambitious goals: to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war,” “reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights” and “promote social progress.” That the U.N. hasn’t come close to succeeding should, by now, be obvious. more...

6th September 2017 – The Washington Times

Another grim anniversary

Clifford D. May

The approach of an anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 always concentrates my mind. It was, astonishingly, 16 Septembers ago that a team of foreign terrorists hijacked three American passenger planes and used them as weapons of mass destruction. Can anyone forget the images of people leaping to their deaths to avoid being consumed by fire and smoke, the twin towers collapsing, the ashes rising, children struggling to come to terms with the fact that they’d never see their mothers and fathers again? more...

30th August 2017 – The Washington Times

Afghanistan and the war against the West

Clifford D. May

To win will require a ‘sustainable sustained commitment’ more...

23rd August 2017 – The Washington Times

Replacing patriotism with tribalism

Clifford D. May

Just after last week’s terrorist attack in Barcelona, a pro-Islamic State website posted video from the scene along with a message in Arabic saying, “Terror is filling the hearts of the Crusader in the Land of Andalusia.” more...