A Tribute to Admiral Ace Lyons: A 21st Century Swamp Fox

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.”





Adm. “Ace” Lyons – Our Greatest Threat to National Security

Editor’s Note – The author of the following article is also a “Kitchen Cabinet” member at Stand Up America US (SUA). As always, “Ace” is spot on with his commentary!

The Greatest Threat to Our National Security

By ADMIRAL JAMES A. “ACE” LYONS – Breitbart

Admiral James "Ace" Lyons - USN (Ret.)
Admiral James “Ace” Lyons – USN (Ret.)

When President-elect Obama declared that he was going to “fundamentally transform” America, not many Americans understood what that meant. They certainly did not understand that he did not believe in America’s exceptionalism and greatness.

They were also unaware of his past Marxist indoctrination, blaming America for many of the world’s problems.

Therefore, anything that undercuts and withdraws America’s power and influence is seen as being objectively progressive.

This is fundamental to understanding why President Obama shows empathy with American’s enemies, e.g., Iran, Cuba, Russia, and China.

It is also key to understanding our precipitous withdrawal from Iraq, as well as the loss of our influence in the region with the rise of Islam. President Obama apparently shares the view that the colonial powers unjustifiably suppressed Islam for the better part of two centuries. Therefore, the best way to rectify that situation is to withdraw the U.S. and let Islam rise again.

Of course, this actually started under the Carter administration with the rise of Islamic fundamentalism when the Ayatollah Khomeini overthrew the Shah of Iran in 1979.

Complicating the current Mid-East chaos is the fact that the administration has great difficulty in identifying the enemy. The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said it best, “There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s it.”

Make no mistake – ISIS is Islam. The barbarism and atrocities they commit are sanctioned by the Quran and Islam’s Shariah law. We must face facts, ISIS is impervious to any rational dialogue. They must be killed into submission.

The Associated Press
The Associated Press

As I have previously stated, symbols matter throughout the world, but no more so than in the Middle East.

When President Obama delivered his June 4, 2009 Cairo “Outreach to Muslims” speech, with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood leadership sitting in the front row, and declared that it was part of his responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear – that said it all!

Furthermore, there should have been no doubt remaining after his September 2012 UN General Assembly speech when he stated in reference to the Benghazi tragedy, “the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet Islam.”

No matter how many excuses President Obama makes for Islam and Muslim sensitivities, freedom of speech for the civilized world will not be silenced.

In yet another indication, the Obama Administration continues to embrace the Muslim Brotherhood even though their creed is to destroy the United States from within (silent jihad) by our own hands and substitute our Constitution with Islam’s Shariah law.

The Muslim Brotherhood have been able to successfully penetrate all our national security and intelligence agencies. They are now institutionalized. Their impact on our policies cannot be overstated.

The Kabuki dance just completed in Switzerland produced a “framework” of “understandings” which is supposed to limit Iran’s nuclear weapons program is already being disputed by Iran. Of course, this is to be expected with no agreed upon text.

According to Fred Fleitz of the Center For Security Policy, the framework as now understood legitimizes and actually advances Iran’s uranium-enrichment program. All the core elements of Iran’s program remain in place.

They do not have to dismantle anything and be allowed to keep their heavily fortified Fordow underground enrichment facilities — a major, unbelievable, concession by the United States.

In effect, we have rewarded Iran for ignoring (plus lying and cheating) UN Security Council resolutions for a decade. They do not have to destroy any of their ICBMs nor stop their aggression throughout the Middle East.

More importantly, the Obama administration has dismissed the fact that the Iranian government has caused the loss of life of thousands of Americans. At the end of the day, there is only one option that guarantees Iran will not achieve a nuclear weapon capability, and that is a military strike.

To show their disdain for President Obama, an Iranian spokesperson stated that the destruction of Israel is “non-negotiable.” So much for the two state peace process! Of course, death to America is a recurring theme.

The Middle East is not the only place our influence is being challenged. We are being challenged by China in the Western Pacific. In Europe, we are standing idly by as NATO is being emasculated by Putin’s aggression in the Ukraine. Many believe the “reset button” with Russia has failed. Actually, it is working quite well – for Russia.

The Obama administration has allowed the KGB thug Putin to conduct a policy of aggression in the Ukraine unopposed. President Obama’s refusal to provide legitimate defensive military equipment to Kiev appears to be part of the reset button “understanding.”

It is the same understanding that applies to the withdrawal of our commitment to place anti-ballistic missile systems in Poland and the Czech Republic. Furthermore, President Obama’s refusal to meet with NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (during his 3 days visit to Washington) was another signal to Putin.

There is no doubt our influence and status as a great power and reliable ally is being challenged. Our enemies don’t fear us and our allies don’t trust us – a formula for disaster. President Obama’s refusal to call for a reformation of Islam, plus his empathy with our enemies, combined with our unilateral disarmament, place our national security in jeopardy.

The greatest threat to our national security today clearly is the Obama administration policies, which must be reversed. Americans must stand up and demand that Congress act now.


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