EDITOR NOTE: As the Afghanistan exit mess rolls on, it seems like no one in the United States military is taking accountability or saying, “We messed up.” One Marine is trying to hold the leaders accountable, and now he is resigning from the military for it. Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller published a viral video entitled “Your Move,” demanding accountability from military leaders. Following the video, Scheller’s mentor, retired Marine Col. Thomas K. Hobbs, challenged him to resign, and the decorated officer did just that. He is turning his back on millions in pension and benefits instead of serving out his remaining three years in exile. That doesn’t mean Scheller will stop demanding justice for his brothers and sisters killed in Afghanistan. He told the New York Post that “Every generation needs a revolution” and that he will continue to pursue one by spilling his secrets. Thanks to Lt. Col. Scheller, a reckoning might be coming for the U.S military and the government officials who direct them.
The Marine battalion commander who was relieved of his duties for blasting his superiors over the Afghanistan exit strategy says he has resigned from the military.
Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller published a new video online on Sunday addressing his resignation just days after he went viral for calling out his superiors for not 'raising their hands and accepting accountability or saying, 'We messed this up.''
Scheller's original video criticized Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley for leaving the Bagram Air Base before all Americans and their allies had the chance to be evacuated.
It came after 13 U.S. service members, including 11 Marines, were killed along with more than 90 Afghans after at least one suicide bomber attacked the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.
The new 10-minute video, titled 'Your Move,' acknowledges Scheller has sacrificed a cushy pension by leaving the Marines after making his comments. It's unheard of for an active duty Marine commander to publicly rip ranking military leaders.
'I just want to clarify my legal status. I have been relieved of my command but I am still a United States Marine. Currently I am not pending legal action,' Scheller said in the new video which ended his 17-year military career.
Scheller said the Marines want 'to hide me away' for three years until his service ended and not send him to a board of inquiry, which could have separated him on 'other than honorable' conditions.
The Marine revealed that he was resigning after he felt challenged to after a comment to his post on LinkedIn from retired Marine Col. Thomas K. Hobbs.
'If Scheller was truly honorable, he would have resigned his commission in protest after stating what he did,' wrote Hobbs, who Scheller said he loved 'like a father.'
Scheller said: 'You didn't say 'is' as in challenging me, you said 'was' as if you assumed I wouldn't do it.'
'I want to make the announcement today, after 17 years, I'm currently not pending legal action and 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 in the video that his resignation would be effective 'now' though acknowledged that there's administrative paperwork that needs to be filed for him to properly resign.
'But I am forfeiting my retirement, all entitlements. I don't want a single dollar. I don't want any money from the VA, I don't want any VA benefits,' Scheller said, claiming that he was forgoing more than $2 million in pension benefits by leaving the service.
In the video, Scheller also appeared to direct a vague threat toward senior military leaders - who he said should be given the money from his pension.
'I think that money should go back to all the senior general officers because I think they need it more than I do - because when I am done with what I'm about to do, you all are going to need the jobs and the security,' he said.
The Marine said that he 'would have gone back into the rank-and-file' if his superiors had just said 'Yes, mistakes were made.'
He said that he was trying to get senior leaders to 'accept accountability.'
'I think them accepting accountability would do more for service members and PTSD and struggling with purpose than any other transparent piece of paper or message,' Scheller said in the video.
He added: 'If Stuart Scheller was honorable, he would resign. You have no idea what I'm capable of doing.'
'To all the congressmen, senators, every media station across the globe, yo all the rich philanthropists, I appreciate the support and I'm going to need your support.'
In comments to the New York Post on Saturday, Scheller had evoked former President Thomas Jefferson's saying: 'Every generation needs a revolution.'
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