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):

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)

AIM
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.