James Lyons (admiral)

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James A. Lyons Jr.
James A Lyons Jr.jpg
Born (1927-09-28) September 28, 1927 (age 91)
New Jersey, U.S.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchSeal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
RankUS-O10 insignia.svg Admiral
Commands heldCommander, U.S. Pacific Fleet
Battles/warsCold War
AwardsDistinguished Service Medal (2)
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal (2)
Commendation Medal (2)

James Aloysius "Ace" Lyons Jr. (born September 28, 1927) is a retired admiral in the United States Navy who served as Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet from 1985 to 1987 and who wrote a column about Seth Rich that was retracted by The Washington Times.[1]


Served in the U.S. Navy for thirty-six years as a Surface Warfare Officer, including as Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Senior U.S. Military Representative to the United Nations and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations.

He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and has received post graduate degrees from the U.S. Naval War College and the U.S. National Defense University.

He is currently the chief executive officer of LION Associates, LLC.[2]


On 19 February 2010, Andrew Sullivan quoted Lyons at the CPAC conference in Washington as saying:[citation needed]

You know in the Navy in the late nineteen hundreds, homosexuality was rampant in the United States Navy. It was so bad that mothers would not let their sons enlist in the Navy until the Navy cleaned its act up. ... On board ship the Navy found that there are three things unacceptable to good order and discipline and its impact on readiness. You cannot have a thief aboard, you cannot have a drug-user or a drug-pusher and we found out you could not have a homosexual.

Lyons has written that the Zumwalt class destroyer would be a way to preempt the threat of China's Anti-ship ballistic missile;

Mr. Gates should consider eliminating the LCS program as a failed experiment, and the Navy should join with the Coast Guard in a common hull. The money saved ($3-plus billion) should be reinvested in providing an anti-ship ballistic-missile defense for the Zumwalt-class destroyer at an estimated cost of $500 million per ship. The Zumwalt was built from the keel up to be stealthy, have sufficient power and cooling, and have space to accommodate the latest dual-band radars and current and future weapon systems. An anti-ballistic-missile-equipped Zumwalt would be capable of pre-empting the Chinese and Iranian ASBM threat, thereby ensuring our capability to operate in any contested area and carry out our strategic objectives.[3]

In the same article he also addressed the continuing cost overruns and the limitations of the close-in weapon system on the Littoral combat ship, which had switched to the more advanced SeaRAM system five years beforehand.[4]

On 14 November 2012, Lyons speculated that the death of Ambassador Stevens in Benghazi was the result of a bungled attempt to have Stevens kidnapped by Ansar al-Sharia to facilitate a prisoner exchange resulting in the release of Omar Abdel-Rahman.[5]

On 7 February 2015, Lyons controversially claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood had succeeded in infiltrating every US security agency under the Obama presidency during a National Press Club conference. He also alleged that John Brennan, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, was a Muslim convert. In addition, Lyons alleged that the Muslim Brotherhood was planning to start up a political party to influence American domestic politics.[6]

On 11 February 2015, Lyons fingered US Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger as the single person responsible for twice preventing a joint France-America takedown of the Khomeini regime in Iran in August 1987. He went on to state "Islam is a political movement masquerading as a religion." [7]

On 30 September 2018, The Washington Times retracted a column by Lyons published March 1, 2018, online, and apologized to Aaron Rich, brother of Seth Rich, for the column as part of a lawsuit settlement. The Washington Times said the column contained statements about Aaron Rich that it believed to be false. The unsolved murder of Aaron Rich's brother, Seth, had become the basis for conspiracy theories on the far-right.[8]


  1. ^ "Retraction: Aaron Rich and the murder of Seth Rich"
  2. ^ LION Associates LLC
  3. ^ Lyons, James A. "Defense budget reductions." The Washington Times, 17 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Why SeaRAM is Superior to Phalanx."
  5. ^ Lyons, James A "Is The Petraeus Scandal A Smoke Screen For A Larger Cover-Up in Benghazi?" Lou Dobbs Show, 14 November 2012.
  6. ^ Ahmed, Rida (7 February 2015). "Muslim Brotherhood Has Penetrated All U.S. National Security Agencies Under Obama's Guidance, High-Ranking Admiral Claims". Headlines & Global News. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  7. ^ http://www.liveleak.com/ll_embed?f=51fe948515b4
  8. ^ "The Washington Times settles lawsuit with Seth Rich's brother, issues retraction and apology for its coverage"