Cliff May

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.

Posted June 10, 2015

You probably didnt know it but Osama bin Laden was a poet. In fact, according to Yales Robyn Creswell and Princetons Bernard Haykel, of all jihadi poets, bin Laden was the most celebrated, and he prided himself on his knowledge of the art.

Posted June 03, 2015

Creating facts on the ground means changing reality through actions rather than diplomacy. - See more at:

Posted May 27, 2015

A few statesmen are fighting the latest trend in anti-Semitism

Posted May 20, 2015

Gulf State rulers didnt attend because theyre not buying what President Obama is selling.

Posted May 06, 2015

Tehrans largest cemetery, Behesht-e Zahra, contains the graves of thousands of Iranians killed in battle.

Posted April 22, 2015

Members of Congress are facing the test of their political lives. Americas national security is about to be imperiled. American sovereignty is about to be surrendered. The U.S. Constitution is about to be compromised.

Posted April 15, 2015

By now, you should be familiar with the name Ayaan Hirsi Ali. You should know at least this much about her: She is brilliant, beautiful, black and she has been banned near Boston.

Posted April 08, 2015

The West Capitulates. That was the headline on an article by Ibrahim al-Amin, editor of the Lebanese daily al-Akbar. He elaborated: Victors and vanquished. This is the truth of conflicts in the world since ancient times. Only those who live with their eyes closed believe conflicts end with compromises.

Posted April 01, 2015

Three years ago, film-goers were treated to Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, which critic Kenneth Turan called a pleasant fantasy about the Middle East. Today, of course, Yemen is the hub of a bloody conflict, one which President Obama persists in viewing with equal unreality.

Posted March 25, 2015

What is it about Israel in general and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in particular that leads to so much careless reporting and tendentious commentary?

Posted March 18, 2015

The philosopher Lily Tomlin used to say: No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up. Has that ever been truer than it is in Washington right now?

Posted March 11, 2015

The Lord works in mysterious ways. That sentence does not appear in the Koran. Nor, actually, is it found in the Bible. But in recent days it has probably occurred to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Irans Supreme Leader.