Cliff May

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.

Posted March 04, 2015

Remember when President Obamas spokesmen said that striking a bad deal with Iran would be worse than striking no deal at all, and that a good deal means Iran dismantles its nuclear weapons programs?

Posted February 25, 2015

Last week, two Russian long-range bombers skirted the southwest coast of England. British Typhoon warplanes scrambled from their base to escort the bombers away. Prime Minister David Cameron accused Moscow of trying to make some sort a point.

Posted February 18, 2015

Is there a Bush/Obama approach to talking about what drives and justifies terrorism? Michael Gerson says there is. I think hes right. He argues that this approach is preferable to other options. I think hes wrong.

Posted February 11, 2015

Obama's 'secret strategy' accommodates the leading sponsor of terrorism.

Posted February 04, 2015

Actually, there are a few who richly deserve criticism.

Posted January 28, 2015

A country where terrorists and gangsters get away with murder

Posted January 21, 2015

Experienced negotiators know this: The side most willing to walk away from the table generally wins. The side that seems desperate for a deal loses. Yet President Obama is telling the entire world that he needs an agreement with Irans rulers more than they need an agreement with him.

Posted January 14, 2015

A quarter-century of Western fecklessness led from the former to the latter.