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Episode 180 - Cliff May, Founder and President of FDD

Opening monologue addresses our fraught times and the shameful accusations by attorney broadcaster Mark Levin against fellow Jews who broadcast at CNN. Tapper and Blitzer were wrongly belittled by this loud MAGA enforcer. Self-hatred is an accusation classic for MAGA; displaying their projection and confession. Take on MAGA propagandists and capitulators, and you’ll be labeled a hater by dangerous attorneys like Levin.

Olbermann called Levin out with trademark humor, but in an excessively MAGA-mean way. Why mispronounce Levin’s name and say he’s a creature? Not nice to mock Levin for his asthma, heart problems, and voice. Attack him substantively, not for immutable characteristics. Don’t emulate GOQP. We’ve got the sound, and constructive criticism.

Clifford D. May is the founder and president of FDD (Foundation for Defense of Democracies), a nonpartisan policy institute focusing on national security created immediately following the 9/11/01 attacks on the United States. Now, following the Hamas attack on 10/7/23, we must consider May’s informed views more than ever.

Under his leadership, FDD has become one of the nation’s most highly regarded think tanks and a sought-after voice on national security issues, including Russia, Itan, and Israel. FDD’s staff and advisory board consists of scholars and experts on terrorism, nonproliferation, human rights, Islamism, democratization, and related issues.

Cliff May’s had a long and distinguished career in international relations, journalism, communications, and politics. A veteran news reporter, foreign correspondent and editor (at The New York Times and other publications). He’s a regular columnist for the Washington Times.

Cliff May has covered stories around the world, including datelines from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Israel, the West Bank, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, the U.A.E., Bahrain, Oman, Sudan, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Chad, Mexico, Argentina, Northern Ireland, Hungary, Kazakhstan, China, and Russia. He covered the fall of the Shah of Iran.

Back in the day, fresh off that stint at the New York Times, Cliff May lived in Colorado and was an ace at the sadly departed Rocky Mountain News. He’d also host talk shows at 850KOA. Now, he’s trying to save the world by advocating wise strategies based on knowledge.

There’s no sugarcoating the threat. It’s a war on Jews and the West. Various options for Israel, USA, Americans, Israelis, and worldwide Jewry considered. Find out what Cliff May thinks of X and reactions to the Musk takeover.

Show Troubadour Dave Gunders is celebrating his 70th birthday this week and we take time to note he’s the perfect example of a Jewish mensch for his music, family and great values. He and his daughters Sarah and Rachel, both now accomplished women, sing with Dad on When the Lion Lays Down.

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