A lieutenant colonel of the U.S. Marines was fired after demanding that the Biden administration and senior leaders take responsibility for Afghanistan.
Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, a U.S. Marine infantry officer and battalion commander, was fired last week after he posted a video where he demanded that the Biden administration be held accountable for the crisis in Afghanistan.
In the video, Scheller called out higher-up leaders for their “ineptitude” and failure to take responsibility.
“[I’m] not making this video because it’s potentially an emotional time, I’m making it because I have a growing discontent and contempt for my perceived ineptitude at the foreign policy-level,” Scheller said. “And I want to specifically ask some questions to some of my senior leaders.”
Scheller concluded by saying “…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 this well in the end. Without that, we just keep repeating the same mistakes. This amalgamation of the economic/corporate/political/higher military ranks are not holding up their end of the bargain. 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.”
Media reports indicate that the Biden Admin gave the Taliban the names of US citizens & Afghan allies we wanted to evacuate
I am demanding a response from them now
Because if this is true, @Potus basically provided the Taliban with a user friendly kill list
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 27, 2021
Late last week, Scheller revealed on social media that he was “relieved for cause based on a lack of trust and confidence as of 14:30 today.”
It is sad that Lt. Col. Scheller has lost his job over a simple—but necessary—call for accountability from the Biden administration. With the recent deaths of U.S. service members in Afghanistan and everything that resulted from Biden’s failed withdrawal, taking responsibility is the least that his administration could do.