Welcome home to one of the good guys.
In a PJ Media exclusive, the Iraqi native turned Navy SEAL interpreter and bestselling author who goes by the code name “Johnny Walker” told his story and made a huge announcement: he will receive his U.S. citizenship on Wednesday morning! At that time, he will also reveal his real name. (This article will be updated with that name when it becomes public.)
I have to ask: why, exactly? I mean, if this guy is okay with having his name out there—and obviously he is—then it ain’t my place to argue. But I still don’t quite get why PJM would feel it necessary to publish it themselves. If anybody ever needed at least a bare modicum of privacy, it would have to be him. He’s clearly earned it, in spades. So why put it out there on the PJM website? What worthwhile purpose could such a disclosure conceivably serve?
“It’s a big honor,” Walker told PJ Media. He is looking forward to posting videos of the ceremony and predicted a beautiful moment where “people from different backgrounds and different religions” will be united by loyalty to the United States.
Walker was born and grew up in Iraq and he started working with the U.S. military after the invasion began in 2003. He worked as an interpreter — called a “terp” — until 2009. That year, the military finally cleared him and his family to come to America.
While he lived in Iraq, he kept his work for the U.S. military a secret. If he had been exposed, it could have cost him his life. Since he will receive his citizenship Wednesday, however, Walker and his family will finally be safe, so he can go public with his name. (The Johnny Walker code name came from the Iraqi-American’s love for Johnnie Walker whiskey.)
In his interview with PJ Media on Tuesday, Walker explained how the American dream entered his imagination. When he was a kid, his parents encouraged him to play basketball to let out some of his youthful energy. “I started to love it,” Walker told PJ Media. “I started watching the Harlem team [the Globetrotters], listened to Country music, watched John Wayne movies.”
Sounds more authentically American than a lot of native-born ones do nowadays, sad as that is. In fact, he’s a pretty wise fella all the way around:
This Iraqi-American had a few political ideas as well. He is a big fan of President Donald Trump’s wall.
“The wall, it’s something personal. I don’t want to have AK-47s every time I take my kids to school,” Walker told PJ Media. “I’m not against immigrants, there are thousands better than me. But I am against people who have no background check, who are smuggling across the border. We don’t know whether those guys have a criminal record or not, all we know is that they use kids to get what they want.”
Well, harrumph, ahem, and homina-homina-homina. That ought to be enough to work the Diversity Is Our Strength types into a foamy, frothy lather all by itself. This is a truly fascinating story, people, start to finish. Trust me, you’ll want to read all of it.