Wednesday, December 1

US Marine Corps Officer Released After Video Seeking “Accountability” on Afghanistan | United States Military


A lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. posted a video Demanding the accountability of military leaders for the evacuation of Afghanistan, he has been relieved of his duties and will leave the US service, the sailors and the officer involved said on Friday.

Stuart scheller aware your video to Facebook and LinkedIn on Thursday, the 13th, US Service Members, 11 of them marines, and reportedly up to 170 Afghans were killed in a suicide bomb attack at Kabul airport.

“I’ve been fighting for 17 years,” Scheller said, then commander of the Advanced Infantry Training Battalion. “I’m willing to throw it all away to tell my senior leaders: ‘I demand responsibility.’

Scheller said he knew someone killed in Kabul, but was recording his video “because I have growing discontent and contempt for … perceived ineptitude at the foreign policy level, and I want to ask some questions specifically of some of my people. top leaders. “

Scheller said he was “willing to risk my current battalion commander position, my retirement, the stability of my family to say some of the things I want to say.” Doing so, he said, would give him “some moral authority to demand the same honesty, integrity and responsibility from my senior leaders.”

Scheller criticized the commander of the Marine Corps, David berger, for a note sent to the Marines on how they would feel about the nearly 20-year American presence in Afghanistan.

“I’ve killed people and I’m seeking advice and it’s okay,” Scheller said. “There is a time for that. But the reason people are so upset … it’s not because the marines on the battlefield let someone down … people are upset that their superior leaders let them down. And none of them raise their hand and accept responsibility or say, ‘We screwed it up.

“We have a secretary of defense [Lloyd Austin, a former army general] who testified before Congress in May that the Afghan national security force could resist the Taliban advance. Have [the] joint chiefs [of Staff], the commander is a member of that, who is supposed to advise on military policy. We have a combatant commander from the Navy. All of these people are supposed to advise. “

Scheller said that “I was not saying we have to be in Afghanistan forever, but I am saying, ‘Did any of you throw your range on the table and say, hey, is it a bad idea to evacuate Bagram airfield, a strategic situation? ? airbase, before we evacuate everyone? Did someone do that?

“And when you didn’t think about doing that, did someone raise their hand and say, ‘We totally screwed it up’?

“I have battalion commander friends right now who are posting similar things, and… wondering if all lives were lost, if it was in vain… Potentially all those people died in vain. If we don’t have high-level leaders who acknowledge and raise their hands and say, ‘We didn’t do well in the end,’ without that, we will keep repeating the same mistakes.

“This fusion of the economic-blunt-corporate-blunt-political-blunt-superior military ranks is not fulfilling its end of the bargain.”

The video went viral. Less than a day later, on Friday afternoon, Scheller said on Facebook he had felt “relieved by a cause based on the lack of trust and security at 2.30pm [2.30pm] today”.

Declining to comment further until he left the Marine Corps, he said, adding: “My chain of command is doing exactly what it would do … if I were in your place.”




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