Cliff May

Posted November 11, 2015

After a long week of slitting throats, smashing antiquities and raping infidel slave girls, how do the Islamic States barbarians unwind? Some, apparently, discuss the finer points of history.

Posted November 04, 2015

Did it escape your attention that last month was the 70th birthday of the United Nations? Did you miss the opportunity to celebrate by following Elyx on an exciting 70-day (virtual) trip around the world to shine light on the UNs work?

Posted October 28, 2015

A few years ago, Daniel Birnbaum, an Israeli businessman, had an odd idea: I decided I wanted to employ Palestinians.

Posted October 21, 2015

Over the years, Israelis have had to defend themselves from foreign armies, suicide bombers and missiles. Over recent weeks, theyve been confronting a new threat: young Palestinians wielding butcher knives.

Posted October 14, 2015

We will manage the wave of change in the Middle East. Just as we have an ideal in our minds about Turkey, we have an ideal of a new Middle East.

Posted October 07, 2015

When heads of state gather, as they did for the United Nations General Assembly last week, you have a choice: Tune out or prepare to be bathed in blather, boilerplate and blatant lies. That said, the remarks of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner deserve at least a few minutes of our undivided attention.

Posted September 30, 2015

Not long after the implosion of the Soviet Union, I attended a conference in Moscow. The topic: how Russia would evolve in the post-communist era about to begin.

Posted September 23, 2015

A few points Ann Coulter might want to consider.

Posted September 16, 2015

Hundreds of thousands of migrants are leaving the Middle East, heading to what they see as the promised lands of Europe and, if possible, America. Notice where they are not going.

Posted September 09, 2015

The debate over the deal President Obama has cut with Irans rulers is supposed to end this week. The New York Times, the AP and others in the media are reporting that the White House has achieved a victory. On what basis?

Posted September 02, 2015

Appeasement gets a bad rap but, strictly speaking, the word implies nothing more than an attempt to make peace. If aggrieved adversaries can be pacified by reasonable concessions, whats wrong with that?

Posted August 26, 2015

Initially, I thought the news was beyond parody. The Associated Press last week ran a story headlined: U.N. to let Iran inspect nuke work site.

Posted August 19, 2015

Heres a question I might suggest be asked of our presidential hopefuls: In a time of war, would unilateral disarmament be a good idea?

Posted August 12, 2015

Or may I call you Chuck? About 30 years ago when I first met you, you were an informal kind of guy. You had recently been elected to the House from a district in Brooklyn and Queens. I was a New York Times reporter. I remember you were sharing a rowhouse with two other House members Leon Panetta was one and I wrote a story about that. I always thought it could be the premise for a situation comedy. (Friends with Entitlements? Just kidding).

Posted July 29, 2015

The enemy has to be defeated, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter last week told American forces stationed in the Middle East. That is a simple truth, one that, regrettably, is not heard often from officials in the current administration. Mr. Carter then added: It will be, because the barbarians are always defeated by civilization. That is a comforting sentiment one that, regrettably, is not supported by historical evidence.

Posted July 22, 2015

The future of U.S. sovereignty rests with Congress now.

Posted July 15, 2015

Irans rulers have won a significant nuclear battle.

Posted July 08, 2015

Hard as they try, U.S. negotiators cant seem to appease Irans rulers.

Posted June 24, 2015

The peace process between Israelis and Palestinians has ground to a halt. What should American and European leaders do? Try not to make the situation worse.

Posted June 17, 2015

Lt. Gen Michael T. Flynn (ret.) served 33 years in the U.S. Army. Being named President Obamas director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2012 was the culmination of his career.