James A. Lyons, Jr. Admiral, USN (ret)

James A. Lyons, a retired U.S. Navy admiral, was commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and senior U.S. military representative to the United Nations.

Most Recent Articles by James A. Lyons, Jr. Admiral, USN (ret):

A Regional Strategy To Confront China’s Aggression

Aug 24, 2018 — James A. Lyons, Jr. Admiral, USN (ret)

A Regional Strategy To Confront China’s Aggression
Today, we are being challenged on multiple fronts by China and their aggression and expansionists policies.  Clearly, their primary strategic objective is to dominate the Western Pacific and the Asian Rimland.  The Rimland is the strip of coastal land that encircles Eurasia.  For decades we had encouraged China’s economic growth with the hope that such growth would foster less stringent control by the totalitarian Chinese Communist Party, leading to greater freedom for the Chinese people.  Clearly, this policy was misguided and has failed.

Our National Security is Being Compromised

Aug 14, 2018 — James A. Lyons, Jr. Admiral, USN (ret)

Port of Wilmington, Gulftainer
Nearly two years after the election of Donald Trump as president, America is still suffering the consequences of the deterioration of our national security under former President Barack Obama.  In a 10 August, 2018 article by Mary Fanning and Alan Jones, they have provided information on Obama’s billionaire Iraqi patron Nadhmi Shakir Auchi, who is now 80 and lives in London.  Auchi is being sued for $4 billion for providing chemical weapons used in the Halabja Massacre which occurred on March 16, 1988.  On that day, Saddam Hussein’s regime used those chemical weapons to kill over 5,000 Kurdish Arabian and wounded another 10,000 in Halabja, Kurdistan. The Iraqi High Criminal Court ruled it an act of genocide in 2010. Nadhmi Auchi is connected to Barack Obama through their mutual long term association with Syrian-American and convicted felon Antoin “Tony” Rezko. Auchi wired $3.5 million in 2005 to the then financially strapped Rezko in Chicago less than a month before Obama bought his mansion with the help of Rezko.  Such a coincidence!

Freedom of Navigation Doctrine Challenged

Jul 31, 2018 — James A. Lyons, Jr. Admiral, USN (ret)

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With all the media focus on President Trump’s recent meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, a major event took place last week in the strategic Bab al-Mandab Strait, which received little notice.  The Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen have acknowledged that they fired a missile supplied by Iran from the vicinity of the port city of Hodeida that hit a Saudi Aramco tanker.  In response, even though there was little damage, Saudi Arabia has suspended all its shipping from transiting the Bab al-Mandab Strait. 

Our Counter-Intelligence System Is Broken

Jul 23, 2018 — James A. Lyons, Jr. Admiral, USN (ret)

Our Counter-Intelligence System Is Broken
There is no question that the United States is the number one target of every potential enemy hostile intelligence service in the world.  Yet, as recently exposed, there is no national-level effort to counter this threat.  Our free and open society is a spy’s paradise, and actually facilitates our enemies’ penetration.  Michael Waller of the Center For Security Policy stated this about our lead counter-intelligence organization: “with few exceptions, the FBI has very little to show that it has the strategy and leadership to cut off much more than low-hanging fruit.”  A perfect example of this is Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s recent indictment of 12 Russian intelligence agents who are safely tucked away in Russia and will never be brought to trial.

The DOJ Has Lost All Credibility

Jul 11, 2018 — James A. Lyons, Jr. Admiral, USN (ret)

The DOJ Has Lost All Credibility, IMRAN AWAN
In typical Washington fashion, when there is a major decision made that the “Deep State” wants to go away as quietly as possible, the details are released just before a major holiday. Such was the case with the unbelievable plea deal reached with Imran Awan, a Pakistani-American dual citizen who has been linked to a major spy ring on Capitol Hill. According to an article in the Washington Post on 04 July, 2018, “it’s part of an agreement with prosecutors, Imran Awan pleaded guilty to a relatively minor offense unrelated to his work on Capitol Hill, making a false statement on a loan application.” It went on to state, “the government has uncovered no evidence,” including stealing equipment or illegally accessing or transferring information, prosecutors wrote in an 11-page plea agreement signed on 3 July, 2018. Therefore, everybody gets to “walk free” including the 44 Democratic Representatives who employed the Awan family, even including their main sponsor, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

National Security Demands an Intelligence Assessment on Clinton’s Compromised Server

Jun 23, 2018 — James A. Lyons, Jr. Admiral, USN (ret)

National Security Demands an Intelligence Assessment on Clinton's Compromised Server
In the past, whenever there has been a significant breach and/or compromise of our sensitive intelligence, the Intelligence Community forms a team to assess the damage.  The assessment specifically identifies what was potentially lost to our enemies and the impact it may have had on achieving our objectives then and in the future. It may be recalled that this happened after the discovery of the John Walker spy ring in the 1980s.  Walker was a retired Navy Lt. Commander who was selling the Soviet Union our Navy communication codes.  Not surprisingly, the assessment concluded that the damage was significant.  The same type of assessment was made on Soviet spies Robert Hanssen from the FBI and the CIA’s Aldrich Ames.

U.S.-North Korea Summit

Jun 8, 2018 — James A. Lyons, Jr. Admiral, USN (ret)

U.S.-North Korea Summit
While many are skeptical of the wisdom of elevating the status of the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un in a summit with the leader of the free world, President Donald Trump, it remains an open question as to whether anything useful can come out of the Singapore 12 June meeting.  Nonetheless, President Trump, in order to achieve the objective of complete denuclearization of North Korea (NK), must be prepared to have many arrows in his quiver.  As I have said previously, while Kim Jong-Un will be sitting at the table, make no mistake, the President and his team will actually be negotiating with China.  After all, without China’s assistance, there would be no nuclear weapons program in North Korea, certainly not one as advanced as it currently is today.

Countering China’s Blue Water Navy

May 31, 2018 — James A. Lyons, Jr. Admiral, USN (ret)

Countering China’s Blue Water Navy
Based on China’s massive military expansion over the last two decades, particularly the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) Navy, their goal is clearly to challenge the U.S. Navy’s dominance, not only in the Western Pacific, but globally.  In a recent hearing before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on 17 May 2018, that was clearly pointed out by two experts on the Chinese threat, Rick Fisher and Captain James Fanell, USN (ret). They explained how the Chinese Navy dramatically expanded from a coastal force to a global threat, capable of challenging the U.S. Navy’s dominant position in the Western Pacific today, and globally in the next decade. 

Drugs Used as Political Warfare

May 20, 2018 — James A. Lyons, Jr. Admiral, USN (ret)

Drugs Used as Political Warfare
There is no question we have a national opioid (drug) epidemic.  The genesis of this national tragedy goes back many generations and administrations.  Dr. Joseph D. Douglass, Jr. in his well-researched book, “Red Cocaine,” discusses in detail how our historical enemies, primarily Beijing and Moscow, made it official state policy to use drugs as a form of political warfare to bring about the decay and destruction of Western societies, particularly the United States.  One of the main sources of Dr. Douglass’ research is former General Jan Sejna, a high-level Czechoslovakian military official who defected in the 1960s, and who was deeply involved in the Soviet Union’s overall use of drugs as a key element in their political warfare strategy.

Actually, the Chinese were ahead of the Soviets in trafficking drugs as a tool in their political warfare arsenal.  There is no question that it was official Chinese state policy.  During the Korean War, our POWs were subjected to various drug-induced experiments to determine effects, tolerance and reaction.  I can only imagine the suffering those POWs endured.  As an aside, we should never forget that there were 17 POWs from Vietnam sent to Cuba for further experimentation.  We have never received an accounting on what happened to those 17 POWs.

Ensuring an Open South China Sea

May 10, 2018 — James A. Lyons, Jr. Admiral, USN (ret)

Ensuring an Open South China Sea
On 20 April, 2018, Bill Gertz wrote an article about the written statement of the new Pacific command nominee, Admiral Philip Davidson, to the Senate Armed Services Committee.  In his statement, Admiral Davidson conceded, in discussing the creation of China’s artificial islands and their militarization in the South China Sea, that they, in effect, have control over the entire area and “present a substantial challenge to U.S. military operations in the region.”  Despite China’s President Xi Jinping’s statement on 25 September 2015 at the White House that he had no intention to militarize these islands, China has built four airfields on these islands, and has now installed not only air defense missile systems, but also anti-ship cruise missile systems.  Nonetheless, these so-called “stationary island carriers” cannot move, and therefore are vulnerable.

Why Is Our Port Security For Sale?

May 2, 2018 — James A. Lyons, Jr. Admiral, USN (ret)

The 50-year lease of the Port of Wilmington
On 24 April, 2017, the Delaware General Assembly approved a $580 million 50-year lease to cede control of the Port of Wilmington to a Middle Eastern foreign co-owned company, Gulftainer, controlled by the UAE and the Iraqi Jafar family.  Dr. Jafar Dhia Jafar was the chief of Saddam Hussein’s nuclear weapons program. His brother, Hamid Jafar, is the founder of the Crescent Group, the parent company of Gulftainer. Hamid plotted with Iraq’s military to sell oil to fund his brother’s nuclear weapons program in a scheme known as “Oil-For-Superweapon.”  It should be remembered that Dr. Jafar was on the U.S. Central Command’s “Blacklist” and could be killed on sight!

Anticipating the U.S.-North Korea Summit

Apr 26, 2018 — James A. Lyons, Jr. Admiral, USN (ret)

Anticipating the U.S.-North Korea Summit
CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s secret visit to Pyongyang over the Easter holiday apparently provided sufficient confidence that Kim Jong-Un has made a commitment to at least discuss the potential denuclearization of North Korea. Clearly the visit to North Korea by the highest-ranking U.S. official ever has greatly legitimized the status of the rogue dictator Kim Jong-Un. Nonetheless, President Trump has declared that he will meet with him, and expects the summit to be held by early June or sooner. Five sites are under consideration, all outside the Korean peninsula, and include Southeast Asia as well as Europe. 
Make no mistake, while Kim Jong-Un will be sitting at the table, he will be there only as a proxy for China’s President Xi Jinping. We will in fact be negotiating with China. The recent conciliatory moves by Kim Jong-Un, I believe, are being carefully stage managed by Xi Jinping. It remains to be seen exactly how far China is willing to go. After all, we should never forget that there would be no nuclear weapons program in North Korea without China’s support. 

The Need for Accountability

Apr 22, 2018 — James A. Lyons, Jr. Admiral, USN (ret)

The Need for Accountability
When former President Barack Obama announced five days before he took his oath of office that he would be “fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” not many Americans understood what that meant.  However, it soon became very clear.  His declaration to fundamentally change America was both un-American and anti-Western, as well as pro-Islam, pro-Iranian and pro-Muslim Brotherhood.  In short, it was treason! 

When you want to take a country down, the first thing you do is weaken its military.  That’s what the 2011 “sequestration” agreement was all about.  The Obama administration did what no enemy was able to do.  In effect, they decimated our military forces.  Consequently, with almost a trillion dollars cut from our military budget, sequestration resulted in our having the smallest army since WWII, the smallest Navy since prior to WWI, and the smallest U.S. Air Force in its history. The U.S. Marine Corps suffered similar consequences.

Biden’s Nepotism and Hypocrisy in Ukraine

Apr 11, 2018 — James A. Lyons, Jr. Admiral, USN (ret)

Biden's Nepotism and Hypocrisy in Ukraine
U.S. relations with Ukraine have dramatically flourished under President Trump, in contrast to the poor state of the Washington-Kiev strategic alliance under former President Obama. While the Trump national security team approved the sale of Javelin anti-tank missile systems and sniper rifles to Ukraine, the Obama administration vetoed similar sales of lethal weapons, leaving Ukraine to face Russia alone.  An equally important aspect of U.S. support for Ukraine has been in reforms and the fight against corruption, which the Obama administration also undermined by nepotism and hypocrisy.

America—You be the Judge

Mar 5, 2015 — James A. Lyons, Jr. Admiral, USN (ret)

President Obama’s adamant refusal to link the barbaric atrocities committed by the Islamic State and affiliated al-Qaeda militias to Islam is an insult to the intelligence of all thinking Americans.  His insistence that these atrocities are the result of “violent extremism,” not associated with Islam, lessens his already diminished credibility. The Quran and Islamic Law (Shariah) prove him wrong since there are 109 verses in the Quran that can be considered to sanction violence. Furthermore, chapter 2, verse 106 (on abrogation) makes it clear that the later violent verses take precedence over the earlier, less violent ones.

A coherent strategy for the Middle East

Oct 2, 2014 — James A. Lyons, Jr. Admiral, USN (ret)

The latest strategy put forth by the Obama administration to combat the Islamic State jihadists not only changes weekly, but fails to address U.S. strategic core objectives in the Middle East. Most dubious is its reliance on so-called “moderate rebels” to provide a ground component to a U.S. air campaign. These rebel militias should not be viewed in the same context as Kurdistan’s loyal Peshmerga military, which has long been an ally of the United States.