US Marine officer resigns commission after being relieved of command for criticizing military leaders over Afghanistan withdrawal

US Marine officer resigns commission after being relieved of command for criticizing military leaders over Afghanistan withdrawal



Marine Officer Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller has resigned from his commission after being dismissed from command over his remarks about the U.S. troops withdrawal from Afghanistan.



Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, posted a video online questioning military leaders' handling of the situation in Afghanistan which has led to the death of 13 service members who were involved in an evacuation mission.


Scheller, a Marine officer -- who served in both Afghanistan and Iraq, had posted a video to his Facebook page on Thursday, August 26, stating: "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.'"



He said in the video he was "willing to throw it all away" to publicly "demand accountability" from military leadership.







Scheller's video was posted the same day that 13 US service members and more than 170 others were killed in an attack outside Kabul's airport. His video went viral and sparked controversy, with some commentators praising Scheller's notes about the operation and others criticizing him for calling out his senior leaders while in uniform and urging him to resign.


After the video was posted, Marine Corps spokesperson Maj. Jim Stenger said in a statement that Scheller had been relieved of command "due to a loss of trust and confidence in his ability to command."Latest Post
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