Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Scheller was relieved of his command for criticizing President Joe Biden and military leaders on social media, blaming them for the deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan.

During a five-minute video shared on social media, active duty Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller unloaded on US military and Joe Biden administration figures for their fatal management of the pullout from Afghanistan.

Scheller chastised senior figures for allowing an estimated 170 Afghan citizens and 13 US Marines to be killed in a deadly suicide bombing on Thursday. He criticized Joe Biden for abandoning Afghanistan to the Taliban before questioning key military decisions that have resulted in the Taliban having access to over $85 billion in US weapons.

Stuart Scheller slammed: “I have a growing discontent and contempt for my perceived ineptitude at the foreign policy level and I want to specifically ask some questions to some of my senior leaders.”

The marine went on to demand accountability from military leaders and President Biden for the deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan, which has now claimed the lives of 13 US Marines and an estimated 170 Afghan civilians, after a suicide bomber at Kabul airport. Western intelligence had alerted leaders of an impending strike some days before.

Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller was relieved of his duties after he posted a video berating military leadership. Facebook
Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller was relieved of his duties after he posted a video berating military leadership. Facebook

Lt Col Scheller, who has fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, acknowledged that he and his entire family stood to lose a lot as a result of his scathing remarks. But Scheller said he would go down fighting for what he believed in, in order to send a message to those in positions of power.

He said: “The reason people are so upset on social media right now is not because the Marine on the battlefield let someone down.

“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’.

“I have been fighting for 17 years. I am willing to throw it all away to say to my senior leaders, I demand accountability!”

The marine also questioned the strategic decision-making of military authorities behind the pullout in great detail.

He slammed the abandonment of the former US-run Bagram airbase, which the Taliban has subsequently captured and pillaged.

The group now has access to over 100 helicopters, including elite Black Hawk helicopters, convoys of US Humvees, tanks, armored vehicles, and an enormous arsenal containing over 600,000 weapons and an abundance of ammunition.

And in a conclusion, he said: “From my position, potentially all those people did die in vain if we don’t have senior leaders that own up and raise their hand and say ‘we did not do his well in the end’.

“Without that we keep making the same mistakes.

“I think what you believe in can only be defined by what you’re willing to risk. So, I think it gives me some moral high ground to demand the same honesty, integrity, accountability from my senior leaders.”

Stuart Scheller was relieved afterwards

Maj. Jim Stenger, Marine Corps spokesperson, told DailyMail.com in a statement that Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller was relieved of command by Col. David Emmel, Commanding Officer of School of Infantry-East.

He said the decision was made “due to a loss of trust and confidence in his ability to command.”

He added: “This is obviously an emotional time for a lot of Marines, and we encourage anyone struggling right now to seek counseling or talk to a fellow Marine.

“There is a forum in which Marine leaders can address their disagreements with the chain of command, but it’s not social media.”

After Scheller’s announcement, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) — a former Navy SEAL who lost his right eye while on his third deployment to Afghanistan in 2012 — praised the officer as “all class.”

“He knew what the consequences would be,” Crenshaw tweeted. “His concerns are not wrong. Many people feeling the same lack of accountability. When the dust settles that accountability must happen.”

Updated: He’s resigning

Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller said on YouTube Sunday that he’s sticking by his guns and resigning his commission — walking away from a $2 million pension after 17 years of military service.

“I could stay in the Marine Corps for another three years, but I don’t think that’s the path I’m on,” Scheller said. “I’m resigning my commission as a United States Marine effective now.

“I am forfeiting retirements, all entitlements, I don’t want a single dollar,” he said. “I don’t want any money from the VA. I don’t want any VA benefits. I’m sure I’m entitled 100 percent.”

The video, titled “Your Move,” shows Scheller sitting in front of a chessboard in an abandoned school bus near his home in North Carolina.

He said he has been overwhelmed by the show of support.

Who is Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller?

  • Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Scheller has served the US Marine Corps Infantry for 17 years.
  • He has participated in the non-combatant evacuation of American citizens out of Beirut during the 2006 Israeli/Lebanese conflict and worked as a fire support leader, serving during a Mojave Viper and the Ramadi deployment.
  • In 2019, Stuart Scheller checked into Marine special forces command and assumed the duties as the executive officer of the second support battalion.
  • Two years later he joined the advanced infantry training battalion as the commanding officer.
  • Scheller has attended expeditionary warfare school and has two degrees, a Bachelor’s in accounting and a Master’s in military science.
  • Additionally, he is a father to three sons.

What did the Marine Corps say about Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller?

Marine Corps spokesman Maj. Jim Stenger confirmed on Friday evening that Stuart Scheller “was relieved of command by Col. David Emmel, Commanding Officer of School of Infantry-East, due to a loss of trust and confidence in his ability to command”  

“This is obviously an emotional time for a lot of Marines, and we encourage anyone struggling right now to seek counseling or talk to a fellow Marine.”

The main sticking point that led to Stuart Scheller getting the hook was taking his protest in the public square. 

“There is a forum in which Marine leaders can address their disagreements with the chain of command, but it’s not social media.”

The news of Scheller’s relief comes after ISIS-K took credit for sending in a suicide bomber into the Kabul airport security gate who detonated a device that slain at least 170 people dead and wounded 155. 

The blast rocked Kabul leaving 12 Marines and one Navy medic and 15 other US soldiers injured. 

The attack came only days before the US August 31 date to be completely out of Afghanistan. 

Marine Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie has estimated there are now some 5,000 individuals awaiting evacuation from the country.

104,000 civilians have been evacuated so far, including about 5,000 Americans.

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