On Friday afternoon Marine officer Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller was relieved of his command after posting a video on social media calling for military leaders to be held accountable for their role in Thursday’s attack in Afghanistan Kabul that killed 13 United States service members and over 100 Afghans.
In a statement on Friday, Marine spokesman Maj Jim Stenger said that it was “due to a loss of trust and confidence in his ability to command.
In his post, Scheller expressed his genuine gratitude to the Advanced Infantry Training Battalion for the opportunities afforded to him during his career.
In the video, Scheller, who has served in the Marine infantry for 17 years, said one of the service members that was killed was “someone I had a personal relationship with.”
“I’m not making this video because it is potentially an emotional time,” he said. “I’m making it because I have a growing discontent and contempt with my perceived ineptitude at the foreign policy level. I want to specifically ask some questions to some of my senior leaders.”
Scheller said, “a lot of Marines are posting on social media” as the nation tries to come to terms with what happened in Afghanistan.
“People are upset because their senior leaders let them down and none of them are raising their hands to accept accountability or saying ‘we messed this up,'” he said.
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“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.'”
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In the video, Scheller said, “I’m not saying we’ve got 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.”
Many service members have been left wondering if the lives lost in the 20-year war were in vain. Scheller said in the video that “potentially all those people died in vain if we don’t have senior leaders who own up and raise their hands and say, ‘We did not do this well in the end’. Without that, we keep repeating the same mistakes.”