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A US Marine lieutenant colonel was sent to military jail after criticizing Washington’s fiasco of a withdrawal from Afghanistan and calling for “accountability”.
Prior to being jailed, he was relieved of command due to a now-viral social media video demanding “accountability” from senior leadership released a new video Sunday, in which he appears to resign his commission as a Marine Corps officer.
After being fired on August 27th, he continued posting social media videos and posts to Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn.
Lt. Col. Scheller has more than 15 awards, including those for participating in Afghanistan, Iraq and even Korea, as well as participating in the global war on terrorism.
Lt. Col. Stuart P. Scheller Jr.’s first video, released on August 26th, sparked controversy and support on its way to accumulating more than 800,000 views on Facebook as of August 30th.
The infantry Marine and battalion commander of the Advanced Infantry Training Battalion at School of Infantry–East at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, said he made the video for his “growing discontent and contempt” of “ineptitude at the foreign policy level.”
The video was released the night that 13 service members, including 11 Marines, were killed in an attack at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.
“The reason so many people are upset on social media right now is not because the Marine on the battlefield let someone down,” Scheller said, noting that those service members always have risen to the occasion. “People are upset because their senior leaders let them down, and none of them are raising their hands and accepting accountability or saying, ‘We messed this up.’”
He is in the brig until his hearing, and the date of the hearing is yet to be determined.
Scheller currently faces no charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, said Capt. Sam Stephenson, a spokesman for Training and Education Command.
“The general nature of the offenses being considered at the Art. 32 hearing are: Article 88 (contempt toward officials), Article 90 (willfully disobeying superior commissioned officer), Article 92 (failure to obey lawful general orders), Article 133 (conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman),” Stephenson said.
He was ultimately arrested because he didn’t follow a “gag order” and started speaking on Facebook on September 26th.
One of Scheller’s 1,400-word weekend Facebook posts criticized political leaders such as former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Donald Trump, along with military leaders including former Gens. Jim Mattis, David Petraeus and Michael Flynn.
Additionally, it closed with Scheller seemingly asking to be confined.
“Col. Emmel please have the MPs waiting for me at 0800 on Monday. I’m ready for jail,” Scheller ended his post.
Scheller’s parents also didn’t keep quiet and slammed Joint Chiefs Chair General Mark A. Milley and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, calling on both to resign.
“The only one being held accountable for this botched situation is my son, by the generals,” Scheller’s father said.
“While Stuart broke the chain of command, General McKenzie and General Milley and Secretary Austin broke the chain of trust and confidence of the American people. For that, they should be embarrassed,” Scheller’s father said. “They should resign for that.”
“Today’s hearing showed they won’t accept accountability for the mistakes they made. They wanted to blame everybody else – the Afghan military, the Afghan government, the weather, whoever,” he added.
This development shows a worrisome concern for the United States, with subordinates questioning the decision-making process of their leadership and calling for them to be accountable. After all, responsibility was entirely escaped by those in charge for what transpired in Afghanistan.
Military tradition is falling apart, all sorts of third-party values such as neoliberal and the like are being imposed from above, no questions asked. Those who dare to question it are silenced, imprisoned, censured and generally canceled.
The general psychological atmosphere in the United States is currently quite precarious, and moral seems to be at an all-time-low.
This is due to several factors:
- The botched situation in Afghanistan, that resulted in complete failure after trillions spent on an apparently pointless war. It succeeded in returning the Taliban into power.
- There is an aggressive imposition of all sorts of neoliberal values, diversity, inclusiveness and these factors are taken into account much more than objective factors that make a good soldier or commander.
- The COVID-19 crisis has been going on for nearly two years, there is a lack of tangible progress, vaccinations appear to work, but not so much and it seems to be unending.
- Traditionalists, conservatives are being ostracized. Military traditions are being destroyed, completely removed and canceled.
- Treatment of veterans is progressively getting worse, issues with pensions are commonplace.
- There is a general loss of faith in the “invincibility” of America’s weaponry and army.
- The modern interpretation of American democratic values appears to be distorted and mostly causes concern, rather than calm.
If this undermining of values continues, and this uncertainty in the leadership spreads further, then any predictions of more independency for specific states, such as Texas for example seem to be much closer than anticipated.
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