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Clifford D. May

Clifford D. May

Clifford D. May is president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a columnist for The Washington Times. He can be reached at

Columns by Clifford D. May

Illustration on the Platinum Anniversary of the Korean War ceasefire by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Seventy years ago, the Korean War didn’t quite end

May I remind you what a hellhole North Korea is? The Democratic People's Republic of Korea -- that's its official and fraudulent name -- is a dynastic totalitarian dictatorship. Published August 1, 2023

Illustration on John Kerry's recent visit to China by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why Kerry got the cold shoulder in Beijing

In 2021, John Kerry was appointed to a position no American had ever before held: U.S. special presidential envoy for climate. Mr. Kerry's one essential mission has failed. Published July 25, 2023

Illustrations on the energy crisis by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Lessons of the energy crisis

Energy policy is national security policy. So when political leaders get energy policy wrong, they get national security policy wrong. Published April 5, 2023