On August 27, a US Marine, Lt Col Stuart Scheller was relieved of his battalion command ‘for cause’ after he openly criticized and demanded accountability of the current command staff after the carnage in Kabul. And he did it on Facebook.
UPDATE: LtCol Scheller has been placed in pretrial confinement, at “Regional Brig for Marine Corps Installations East aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune,” until the Article 32 Hearing.
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I’m not saying we need to be in Afghanistan forever, but I am saying, did any of you throw your rank on the table and say, ‘Hey, it’s a bad idea to evacuate Bagram Airfield, a strategic airbase, before we evacuate everyone’? Did anyone do that? And when you didn’t think to do that, did anyone raise their hand and say, ‘We completely messed this up’?…
The reason people are so upset on social media right now is not because the Marine on the battlefield let someone down. That service member has always rose to the occasion and done extraordinary things. People are upset because their senior leaders let them down, and none of them are raising their hands and accepting accountability and saying, ‘We messed this up.’…
Without that, we just keep repeating the same mistakes. I want to say this very strongly. I have been fighting for 17 years. I am willing to throw it all away to say to my senior leaders: I demand accountability.”Marine Lt Col Stuart Scheller (Fox)
Col David Emmel, Commanding Officer of School of Infantry-East relieved Scheller of command within hours due to a “lack of trust and confidence.” Scheller knew it was coming and expected it. He doesn’t hold anything against the Marine Corps for doing it, he even said he’d have done the same thing if he were in their shoes. He literally sacrificed his career to make a statement he believed all military leadership needed to hear.
The military is not a ‘democracy” – statements against the leadership or anything that can be viewed as disrespect, especially on social media, bring swift punishment, and rightly so because such comments are divisive in nature. The brotherhood has been seriously disrupted by division, and but it’s good to remind ourselves – that division is being exacerbated by the leadership as well.
The arts of power and its minions are the same in all countries and in all ages. It marks its victim; denounces it; and excites the public odium and the public hatred, to conceal its own abuses and encroachments.Henry Clay, 1777-1852
Featured photo: screenshot form Scheller’s Facebook video
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