Marine lt col Stuart Scheller

Marine Lt Col Stuart Scheller who criticized military over troop withdrawal is jailed

Marine lt col Stuart Scheller who criticized military over troop withdrawal is jailed

According to the Marine Corps, Marine Lt Col Stuart Scheller, who recently drew attention for social media posts and videos demanding “accountability” is currently in a military jail.

Marine lt col Stuart Scheller who criticized leaders over Afghanistan withdrawal now in the brig

Marine lt col Stuart Scheller who criticized leaders over Afghanistan withdrawal now in the brig

The Marine Corps released a statement announcing that Marine Lt Col Stuart Scheller has been sent to the brig,  but it did not determine the date of the hearing.

“Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller Jr. is currently in pre-trial confinement in the Regional Brig for Marine Corps Installations East aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune pending an Article 32 preliminary hearing,” said Capt. Sam Stephenson, a spokesman for Training and Education Command. “The time, date, and location of the proceedings have not been determined. Lt. Col. Scheller will be afforded all due process.”

On Aug. 26, Marine Lt Col Stuart Scheller posted a video on Facebook and LinkedIn criticizing the decision of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. Scheller accused senior military leaders of avoiding their responsibilities and questioned some command decisions on the events leading up to and during the final moments of the 20-year- war.

“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,’” Scheller spoke in the video.

Marine Lt Col Stuart Scheller released his first video on the night that a suicide bomber attacked at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, killing 13 American member services including 11 Marines, one sailor, and one Army special operator. In the video, Scheller said he had a “personal relationship” with one of the fallen service members, but he didn’t elaborate.

The next day, Scheller posted on Facebook announcing that he had been relieved as battalion commander of the Advanced Infantry Training Battalion at the Eastern Infantry School at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

He has been posting regularly since then. After several of his videos flooded the Internet, his superiors forbade him from posting on social media, but Marine Lt Col Stuart Scheller kept to do so before submitting his resignation on August 31, the last day of the US occupation of Afghanistan.

After an impassioned spiel, Marine Lt Col Stuart Scheller declared that he would resign from his commission and give up his $2 million pensions after 17 years of service.

He then revealed that his commanding officer had asked him to experience a mental health screening after he posted the first video.

Marine Lt Col Stuart Scheller is jailed

Scheller’s father said in an interview that his son was just asking for accountability.

“All our son did is ask the questions that everybody was asking themselves, but they were too scared to speak out loud,” his father told Task & Purpose. “He was asking for accountability. I think he even asked for an apology that we made mistakes, but they couldn’t do that, which is mind-blowing.”

He also revealed that Marine Lt Col Stuart Scheller will appear in a hearing this Thursday.

‘It’s outrageous. Our son is a warrior. He has been a marine for the past 17 years, highly decorated and perhaps considered in the top 1% of Marine Corps officers.

‘He could not stand by and could not fathom the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan. He was asking for accountability, honest answers, and confessions of mistakes that were made.

“They had a gag order on him and asked him not to speak,” the marine’s father said. “He did, and they incarcerated him. They don’t know what to do with him.”

The marine’s father described his son as a proud American who loves the Legion.

“He’s asking for the same accountability that is expected of him and his men,” Scheller Sr. said.

Scheller has sparked the Internet and social media

Marine lt col Stuart Scheller has sparked the Internet

Since Scheller’s first video, he has garnered considerable attention on social media and received both praise and severe criticism in the military and veteran community. 

For supporters, they saw a battalion commander and an infantry officer risking his careers to speak of the disappointment over a long-forgotten and mismanaged war. On the contrary, others saw an officer who broke established norms by publicly criticizing his chain of command, and in doing so ruined good order and discipline.

YouTube video

Recently, Scheller appeared in a Youtube video where he vowed to file charges against Marine Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie Jr., head of U.S. Central Command because his mistakes led to the chaotic and tragic evacuation of Afghanistan. He also posted on Facebook that he would charge McKenzie with 13 “Dereliction of Duty through Culpable Inefficiency” specifications — one specification for each service member killed in the Aug. 26 attack.

Biden’s decision to withdraw the U.S. troops from Afghanistan has still triggered outrage and controversy. 13 American soldiers were killed, thousands of Afghan citizens and hundreds of American civilians were left behind and surrounded by terrorists, an arsenal of American-made weapons, and equipment gifted to the Taliban.  Who’s responsible for that? 

The 20-year war that the United States spent 80 billion, came to a chaotic and tragic end. Not only Marine Lt Col Stuart Scheller but there is also endless criticism of Biden and his administration. The scenes of chaos at Kabul’s international airport have decreased the credibility of the U.S on the world stage and made America appear a fading power globally.  

Biden’s withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan has decreased Biden’s approval rating and turned Biden voters to anti-Biden. There is various merchandise produced to express their disappointment to the Command-If-Chef and his administration. Take a look at some notable items that can help you show your opinion and spread your messages to everyone:

What do you think about Marine Lt Col Stuart Scheller’s move? Do you think that it’s a smart decision? Is it right if he should have been silent and never expressed his view about the wrongs that are taking place in this great country? Will any stand for the treatment Marine Lt Col Stuart Scheller has received? Feel free to share your opinion with us!

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