A Tribute to Admiral Ace Lyons: A 21st Century Swamp Fox
By Joseph Schmitz
February 16, 2019
“We the People” need now more than ever a few more “Swamp Foxes” like the late great Admiral James Aloysius “Ace” Lyons: a 21st Century Francis Marion.
Francis Marion served during the American Revolutionary War. According to The Society of the Cincinnati, “the nation’s oldest patriotic organization, founded in 1783 by officers of the Continental Army,” past presidents general of which include George Washington and Alexander Hamilton, Marion fought “during the defense of Charleston in 1776 and rose to the rank of colonel in the Second South Carolina Regiment. After the fall of Charleston in 1780, Marion was appointed brigadier general of State Troops and launched an effective campaign of harassment against British detachments around the state. His cunning and success in eluding capture in the coastal lowlands earned him the grudging admiration of his opponents and an enduring place in South Carolina lore as the ‘Swamp Fox’.”
As a modern-day Swamp Fox, Admiral Ace Lyons continued to serve after his retirement from naval service in 1987 by taking on the same swamp that President Donald Trump was elected in 2016 to drain — the administrative state run amuck.
Another retired flag officer, U.S. Military Academy graduate and retired Air Force Lieutenant General Thomas McInerney, described Ace Lyons at the latter’s January 11, 2019, Naval Academy funeral reception as “the Navy’s version of George Patton.”
Products of competing service academies, George Patton of West Point and Ace Lyons of Annapolis, neither George Patton nor Ace Lyons cowered in the face of political correctness. Both exuded extraordinary leadership, courage, and patriotism.
The biography in Admiral Lyons’ funeral program describes him as having “retired as a four-star admiral and commander in chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet on October 1, 1987. . . . A graduate of both the Naval War College and the National War College, he was a principal advisor on significant Joint Chiefs of Staff matters and is considered the ‘father’ of the Navy Red Cell, an anti-terrorism group comprised of Navy SEALs.
“After 36 years of naval service, Admiral Lyons embarked on an equally impressive career as President/CEO of LION Associates, LLC, a premier global consulting company. His many positions included Chairman of the Center for Security Policy’s Military Committee and the senior member of the Citizens Commission on Benghazi.”
In and out of uniform, Ace Lyons personified Article One of the 1775 Naval Regulations, in which the Continental Congress mandated that, “The Commanders of all ships and vessels belonging to the thirteen united colonies, are strictly required to shew in themselves a good example of honor and virtue . . . and to discountenance and suppress all dissolute, immoral and disorderly practices.”
Speaking of “dissolute, immoral and disorderly practices,” Admiral Lyons after retirement took on the various strains of “social engineering” being promoted by politicians and academicians at the time to the grave detriment of military readiness. One web-posted video tribute to Admiral Lyons begins by Admiral Lyons asking his audience:
“Where is our military leadership on all these social engineering issues? They’re violating their oath of office. There’s no question about it. However, they’ve been silenced by the political correctness gestapo watchdogs, and it really distresses me to see that, because I believe no President could withstand the entire Joint Chiefs of Staff standing up and saying, ‘We’re not doing that and if you go ahead here’s our papers. It wouldn’t happen.”
The ongoing abuses of power by inhabitants of the current “swamp” in Washington, D.C. wouldn’t happen any more if more American patriots would follow the lead of the late great Admiral Ace Lyons, an extraordinarily courageous modern-day Swamp Fox.
May God rest the soul of Admiral James Aloysius “Ace” Lyons, a role model for any patriotic American willing to take on the administrative state run amuck, in or out of uniform.
Joseph E. Schmitz served as a foreign policy and national security advisor to Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. The opinions expressed in this article are his personal opinions. Schmitz served as Inspector General of the Department of Defense from 2002-2005 and is now Chief Legal Officer of Pacem Solutions International. He graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy, earned his J.D. degree from Stanford Law School, and is author of “The Inspector General Handbook: Fraud, Waste, Abuse, and Other Constitutional ‘Enemies, Foreign and Domestic.”
El Chapo Trial: Former Mexican President Peña Nieto Took $100 Million Bribe, Witness Says
By: Alan Feuer
Former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto took a $100 million bribe from international drug traffickers ,acocrding to a witness at the trial of Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the infamous crime lord known as El Chapo.
“Mr. Guzmán paid a bribe of $100 million to President Peña Nieto?” Jeffrey Lichtman, one of Mr. Guzmán’s lawyers asked Mr. Cifuentes during cross-examination.
“Yes,” responded Mr. Cifuentes.
The bribe was delivered to Mr. Peña Nieto through an intermediary, according to Mr. Cifuentes.
While other witnesses at Mr. Guzmán’s trial in Federal District Court in Brooklyn have testified about payoffs from traffickers to the Mexican police and public officials, the revelations about Mr. Peña Nieto were the most egregious allegations yet. If true, they suggest that corruption by drug cartels had reached into the highest level of Mexico’s political establishment.
From the start of the trial in November, there were lurid hints that top Mexican leaders might have been compromised by dirty money. In his opening statement, Mr. Lichtman claimed his client had been framed for years by a conspiracy hatched by his partner, Ismael Zambada García, in league with “crooked” American drug agents and a “completely corrupt” Mexican government, including two of its presidents.
At the time, Mr. Peña Nieto released a statement calling Mr. Lichtman’s claims false. The judge in the case, Brian M. Cogan, later cautioned Mr. Lichtman against making promises to the jury that the evidence in the case would not support.
Then, as the first week of the trial came to an end, Mr. Guzmán’s lawyers informed Judge Cogan at a sidebar conference that a coming witness, Jesus Zambada García, Ismael Zambada’s brother, would testify, if asked, that two Mexican presidents had taken bribes from the Sinaloa drug cartel.
Until Monday, the most prominent Mexican official accused of taking bribes was Genaro García Luna, the country’s former public security director. When Jesus Zambada testified in November, he told jurors that he had met twice with Mr. García Luna in a restaurant and both times gave him a briefcase stuffed with at least $3 million in cash.
More Obama bucks to be extended! It iss (typo) time once again to play “name all those jackasses” that are still in the State Department and Pentagon!
The U.S. is offering Taliban narco-jihadists — the killers behind most American military fatalities during the ongoing Afghan war and fully supported by Pakistan for it’s benefit as well as to benefit China and Iran — safety and job opportunities as part of a peace deal ($35,000 a pop)
Report: U.S.-Afghan Peace Deal Includes Safety and Job Offers to Taliban
The U.S. is offering Taliban narco-jihadists — the killers behind most American military fatalities during the ongoing Afghan war — safety and job opportunities as part of a peace deal, Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper reported on Thursday, citing a Pentagon plan.
Dawn quotes the Pentagon’s plan sent to Congress this week as saying, “Although some members of the Taliban may be weary of fighting and ready to lay down their weapons, they will only rejoin society if they believe their safety and the safety of their families are guaranteed, and if they have an opportunity to earn enough money to provide for their families.”
The Taliban has reportedly indicated it is willing to allow a residual U.S. military presence to remain in Afghanistan to train local forces, including prospective ex-Taliban jihadis, to take on the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) and other terrorist groups.
Despite millions in American taxpayer funds devoted to a similar initiative — the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program (APRP) — the program closed its doors in 2016 due to a lack of progress in keeping so-called reintegrated terrorists away from jihadi activities.
Between the program’s creation in 2010 and 2014, over 9,000 Taliban terrorists were reportedly reintegrated into Afghan society at the cost of about $35,000 each, with the United States bearing most of the burden.
In 2017, the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), a watchdog agency, reported that the Trump administration was preparing to launch a successor to the APRP.
“According to [the] State [Department], the APRP is expected to shift from the disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration focus of the APRP to negotiating political settlements with armed opposition groups, forging national and international consensus on a peace process, and promoting and institutionalizing a culture of peace,” SIGAR explained.
Consistent with ongoing campaigns from China, Pakistan, Russia, and other world powers, U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has intensified efforts in recent months to convince the Taliban to make peace with Kabul. The Trump administration has come out in full support of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s offer to the jihadi group of a ceasefire and official recognition as a legitimate political power, which could lead to the terrorist group governing Afghanistan again as they were before U.S. troops overthrew the Taliban regime at the end of 2001.
Citing the Pentagon, Dawn reports that Kabul has failed to develop “a national reintegration program.”
“While the Trump administration appears keen to start withdrawing US forces from Afghanistan, the Pentagon advocates maintaining enough troops in Afghanistan to force the Taliban to join peace talks” the newspaper notes, adding:
The Pentagon also supports the peace process initiated by US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation (SRAR), Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, who has already held a series of meetings with Taliban in Qatar and the UAE and regularly visits Afghanistan and its neighboring states, like Pakistan and India. Increased military pressure on the Taliban, international calls for peace, and the new SRAR’s engagements appear to be driving the Taliban to negotiations, says the Pentagon report.
Last week, news reports surfaced claiming Trump is considering plans to reduce America’s military presence in Afghanistan by half to 7,000. However, Gen. Joseph Dunford, the highest-ranking military official in the United States as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, dismissed the reports as “rumors.”
“There’s all kinds of rumors swirling around,” Dunford told U.S. forces, Stars and Stripesreports. “The mission you have today is the same as the mission you had yesterday.”
A day after Dunford’s comments, Army Gen. Scott Miller, the top commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, also stated that he had received “no orders” to withdraw American forces from the country yet.
Opium cultivation and its heroin derivative are the top sources of funding for the Taliban. Although the vast majority of opioid-linked drugs enter the U.S. from Latin America, a small amount of Afghan heroin makes onto American soil and is fueling, if only slightly, the drug overdose epidemic that kills tens of thousands each year. It remains uncertain what role the Taliban’s heavy involvement in opium cultivation and heroin trafficking is playing in ongoing peace talks led by the U.S.
Joint Statement of the 2nd Afghanistan-China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue
KABUL – Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi of the People’s Republic of China, and Foreign Minister Makhdom Shah Mahmood Qureshi of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan held the 2nd Afghanistan-China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue in Kabul, Afghanistan on 15th December 2018. The meeting was chaired by H.E. Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani.
China and Pakistan congratulated Afghanistan on the completion of the parliamentary elections, and welcomed the efforts of the Afghan government for holding the presidential elections in 2019.
The three sides, once again, reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthening their relations, deepening cooperation and advancing connectivity under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA) and other regional economic initiatives. The three sides agreed to promote China-Afghanistan-Pakistan trilateral cooperation under the framework of jointly building the Belt and Road Initiative. The three sides reiterated their strong resolve to fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and without any distinction. The three Foreign Ministers agreed to jointly continue their efforts for building political mutual trust and support reconciliation, development cooperation and connectivity, security cooperation and counter-terrorism as the three areas of the trilateral cooperation.
The three sides reiterated their support to the Afghan-owned, and Afghan led inclusive peace process that is fully supported regionally and internationally, as the most viable way to bring peace in Afghanistan. In this regard, China and Pakistan appreciated the efforts of H.E. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani especially for the comprehensive peace plans that came out of the second Kabul Process and the Geneva Conferences on Afghanistan, and therefore called on the Afghan Taliban to join the peace process at an early date. While efforts are underway to start the peace process, the three sides call upon the parties concerned to end violence and the loss of innocent lives in Afghanistan.
The three sides agreed to continue economic development cooperation in areas of mutual interest. The three sides will continue to implement and expand the “soft” projects such as exchange and capacity building programs, and explore “hard” projects of livelihood facilities and connectivity. China expressed its readiness to support Afghanistan and Pakistan in building immigration reception center and drinking water supply schemes at each side of the Ghulam Khan Khel crossing point, and to explore cold storages at Chaman and Spin Boldak. China supports enhanced coordination between Afghanistan and Pakistan on major energy and connectivity projects including the construction of Quetta-Kandahar railway and Kabul-Peshawar Motorway and Railway. The three sides reiterated their firm commitment to implement the activities and projects agreed to under practical cooperation.
The three sides expressed their strong determination not to allow any country, organization or individual to use their respective territories for terrorist activities against any other countries. The three sides took stock of trilateral cooperation in their fight against terrorism and underlined the need to further strengthen counter-terrorism coordination and cooperation in an effort to combat all terrorist groups and individuals without any discrimination. They also agreed to counter terrorist’ logistical capabilities including financing, recruitment, training, and strengthen trilateral cooperation for counter-terrorism capacity building, deny terrorist use of the internet and to take joint steps for deradicalization, as well as work together to break the nexus between narco-trade and terror financing. To advance their cooperation in the fields of Counter-Terrorism, the three sides signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Counter-Terrorism.
The three sides agree to implement the consensus of the 2nd Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue through the trilateral Vice-Ministerial Strategic Dialogue, Vice-Ministerial Consultation on Counter-Terrorism and Security, and Director Generals’ Practical Cooperation as well as other agreed mechanisms.
China and Pakistan thanked Afghanistan for the successful organization of the 2nd China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue and its warm hospitality, and the three sides agreed that the 3rd Afghanistan-China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue would be held in Islamabad in 2019.