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Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller was relieved of duty on Friday after he tore into military leadership for their handling of the Afghanistan pullout that led to the killing of 13 service members – including 11 Marines.
Scheller posted on Facebook that he has “been relieved for cause based on lack of trust and confidence as of 14:30 today.”
“My chain of command is doing exactly what I would do…if I were in their shoes. I appreciate the opportunities AITB command provided,” Scheller said in his post. He said he wouldn’t be making statements to news organizations until he officially exits the Marine Corps.
Scheller said what many of his fellow Marines and his fellow countrymen are thinking. Watch the video below.
“America has many issues … but it’s my home … it’s where my three sons will become men. America is still the light shining in a fog of chaos. When my Marine Corps career comes to an end, I look forward to a new beginning,” he said. “My life’s purpose is to make America the most lethal and effective foreign diplomacy instrument. While my days of hand to hand violence may be ending…I see new light on the horizon.”
Tens of thousands of people have viewed the nearly five-minute long Facebook video – and an overwhelming majority agree with the Marine’s opinion.
“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’?” Scheller, in uniform, said in the video. “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 United States Armed Forces could use more men like Stuart Scheller and fewer men like Gen. Mark Milley.