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):

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.