The same Pentagon high command that botched the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan—leaving 13 U.S. troops dead—is now attempting to crush and humiliate Marine Battalion Commander LTC Stuart Scheller, who knowingly broke the chain of command by posting a video demanding accountability of higher-ups for those needless deaths at the airport in Kabul.
In his video message, Scheller said, “People [service members] 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 went on to ask if Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin or Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley threw their rank on the table and said, “Hey, it’s a bad idea to evacuate Bagram Airfield, a strategic air base, before we evacuate everyone? Did anyone do that [throw their rank on the table]? And when you didn’t think to do that, did anyone raise their hand and say, ‘We completely messed this up.’”
For violating a gag order, Scheller was relieved of duty, arrested, handcuffed, stripped searched, forced to undergo a psychological exam (that’s what Stalin did to dissenters), and is now being held in pre-trial solitary confinement in a military prison, as if the married father of three is a flight risk. Two days ago, the Biden Pentagon sought to intimidate Scheller by presenting him with 640-pages of legal documents, all of which will have to be reviewed by his lawyer.
After limiting him to a 2-minute phone call to his parents when he was taken into custody, the Pentagon has refused to allow him any further contact with his parents, or with his wife and three young children. Now facing court-martial, the 17-year Marine officer stands to be dishonorably discharged and stripped of his retirement benefits, future VA benefits, and health insurance for his family.
Scheller knew breaking the chain of command would bring consequences, but I argue that what he did is infinitely less harmful to the military, and thus to America, than what the overfed Secretary of Defense and overfed Joint Chiefs Chairman have been doing: (1) politicizing the military for the first time in U.S. history by purging the ranks of “extremists,” i.e. straight white Christian supporters of President Trump; and (2) indoctrinating every branch of the military with critical race theory, a victim vs. oppressor (Marxist) political construct being used to brainwash service members to see America as an evil and systemically racist place where things can be made right only by upending its constitutional democracy in favor of single-party socialist rule. Scheller went outside the chain of command; what Austin and Milley have done is tantamount to treason.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP LT. COL. SCHELLER
1. The way Scheller is being treated is inexcusable. Please call your U.S. House representative and your U.S. senators to demand that he be released until his trial date. Capitol Hill switchboard: 202-225-3121. Find the name of your member of the U.S House of Representatives by clicking here. Find the name of your U.S. Senators by clicking on the map found on this webpage.
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By John Eidson
A 1968 electrical engineering graduate of Georgia Teach and now retired, John Eidson is a freelance writer in Atlanta and a regular contributor to The Blue State Conservative.