Marine Commander Fired For Demanding Accountability Over Deaths In Afghanistan

 August 29, 2021

One Marine recently voiced his frustrations with how the senior military leaders have handled the withdrawal from Afghanistan. The Marine infantry officer and battalion commander posted a video to his Facebook and LinkedIn accounts calling the military's leaders out on their "lack of accountability."

Wanting Accountability

He puts into words what many Americans have already thought. He also gives a voice to those within the military who have been saying the same thing. He points out that the windrawl from the 20-year war could have been done better.

Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller did not mince words in the video.

“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.’” 

Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller

He went on to say, "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.'"

Scheller posted the video on Thursday evening, clearly identifying who he was along with giving his two cents. Then, less than 24 hours later, he let his followers on Facebook know he had been relieved of command.

Consequences of Free Speech

His response was a rather length Facebook post.

“My chain of command is doing exactly what I would do… if I were in their shoes. I appreciate the opportunities the AITB command provided. To all the news agencies asking for interviews… I will not be making any statements other than what’s on my social platforms until I exit the Marine Corps. America has many issues… but it’s my home… it’s where my three sons will become men. America is still the light shining in a fog of chaos. When my Marine Corps career comes to an end, I look forward to a new beginning. My life’s purpose is to make America the most lethal and effective foreign diplomacy instrument. While my days of hand-to-hand violence may be ending…I see a new light on the horizon.”

Lt. Col. Scheller

The Marine Corps confirmed his statement. Maj. Jim Stenger said he was relieved "due to a loss of trust and confidence in his ability to command." However, Stenger also pointed out plenty of other channels, and Scheller did not have to involve social media.

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62 comments on “Marine Commander Fired For Demanding Accountability Over Deaths In Afghanistan”

    1. This gentleman appears to be the most honest person from his level up to Biden. It is discouraging to view all the incompetency in our higher level of government. This gentleman is a hero fir speaking out. Heeds to be reinstated and the higher ups take a lesson in honesty by keavibg office, not him

    2. If he posted his opinion to a Social page such as Facebook to share his opinion, he was not being smart. Some people like to forget that the Military is not full of civilians. I can't speak for the Army, Air Force, Navy, or Coast Guard, but when I was in the Marines in the 90's we were told to not share an opinion on Military matters in any public forum without permission from a member of your Chain of Command. As a Lieutenant Colonel, he knew better. The Marines lose a good Senior Officer over a discussion that should have been kept in his Chain of Command.

      1. The chain of command has become totally un-American by following in the steps of political corruption. The lesser commands know it and they become the American heroes.

      2. When you have the Joints Chief of Staff promoting CRT and wanting to know about “white rage”, I’m surprised more haven’t spoken up. I came from a military family, my father worked with the JCS at the pentagon, if he were still alive he’d be appalled. Military take an oath to the Constitution of the United States. Sure you have superiors to follow orders, but when you see commanders causing what happened in Afghanistan and don’t take responsibility for it, I applaud this marine for sticking up for what’s morally right. If people don’t speak out, this country will fall flat on its face in no time. And more military lives will be sacrificed because of incompetence, and don’t you know our enemies know this! This Marine should get together with Matt Lohmeier, who was relieved from command at Space Force, who has left the USAF due to Marxism in the military. He’s going on speaking tours, time to expose them all for what it is.

  1. It seems there's no such thing as free speech now and absolutely no loyalty on the part of government to anyone. This is without question social communism.

    1. Spot on and that is why the moniker for the current President is China Joe---The 80 Billion Dollars worth of Military hardware has the Communist Chinese Military salivating.

    2. They only care about them selves. Just like Biden wants to take the retirees nest egg. He should use his nest egg, including his cronies

  2. As a veteran lt. Colonel myself (USAF) I agree with col. Scheller. Our present military top brass is spineless. Someday they should be accountable.
    Giving up Bagram AFB was a terrible mistake and also a military failure. Now the Taliban is possessing helicopters, fighters and very valuable military equipments.

  3. We have a lot of sick puppies in Washington's District of Columbia, both on the Hill and in the Pentagon and they need to be de-wormed using ---well I digress
    Never leave a man behind.

    1. To me the present political powers, look & sound kinda like this.
      "ATTENTION" If you do not meet your work quota, & give us more money, "you vill be shot". If you do not vote for our party, you vill be shot. If you do not take the vaccine that we tell you to, "you vill be shot". If you SPEAK OUT AGAINST the beloved democrats, YOU VILL BE SHOT. You swine vill now kiss our feet, & thank us.

      (here's the part that's going to piss people off)

      So sayeth the power elite. !!!! Sieg Heil !!!!

      This is how demented the Bidenites & the present administration & the "One World Order" people look to me.......

    1. Everyone please keep in mind that the Lt. Col. will soon be unemployed and will need a job to support his family. Does anyone out there have a position for an honest man? I cannot see any demokraut employing him.

  4. well would we expect anything less then one fires a low level military man for questioning the top military elite for their stupid decision for following a commander in chief with no brain cells

  5. This stinks and there is still a thing as a unlawful order and it is to be challenged? and joe biden has no business commanding any troops as he is senile? Joe is nothing more than a figure head with someone else pulling his strings thru his earwig? this should have never happened!

      1. I hate to be the one to say it, but, "REAL FUCKING BAD". It will come down to every single American having to choose if they want freedom or not. There is one & ONLY, one route to ACHIEVE & KEEP freedom. They will have to make that choice for themselves.
        I don't know about the rest of them. But I love the FREEDOM that this country stands for !!! OR USED TO anyway.

      2. He's trying to stop ammunition imports, and yet he left over 30 billion dollars worth of guns ammunition and equipment to our enemies. What's wrong with this picture? Just who the he'll is running this country. Not that pudding for brains in the people's house.

    1. So the best the brass can do is fire a spokesperson that speaks for so many of us? Yep, someone needs to “step up and grow a pair.” Well said, friend.

  6. I am so sorry to see this soldiers, Lt. Col. Scheller because he spoke the truth. Those in command positions should be ae to speak their minds. Correct decisions might be made with truth. It looks as if whatever the democrats want is all you can do. WRONG. MAYBE LIVES WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN LOST IF ALL HAD BEEN LISTENED TO AND THESE STUPID FIRINGS WERE NOT DONE. HE DESERVES HIS COMMAND BACK.

  7. He not only deserves his job back, he deserves a move up the ladder for speaking for the majority of us that still think and use COMMON SENSE!

    1. MOVE UP . AS IN "P.O.T.U.S."
      We need Balls, Brains, & Common sense in the Oval Office.....
      If a common fisherman can be Pope. Why can't a common soldier (who still holds to & believes the OATH he took to defend this country), become president ?
      Biden, Harris, & Pelosi have ALL publicly VIOLATED THE OATH THEY SWORE on the BIBLE to UPHOLD !!!! This soldier has NOT violated that oath. HE HAS UPHELD IT.

  8. I am a six year veteran of the Marine Corps, serving in Vietnam in 1968. It is refreshing to finally hear a Marine officer address the competence of higher command. The Peter Principle (everyone will be elevated to their level of incompetence) is alive and well in our military and government. It is well past the time that we stop rewarding the politicians in both government and our military. Lt. Col. Scheller, I would be honored to serve in your command...

    Sergeant USMC (1966-1970; 1972-1974)

    1. Thank you for your service Sir. I list my brother in Vietnam in January of 66. We need more people to demand accountability. This is a nightmare.

  9. You can't blame Biden or the Biden administration for any of the FUBARS they have created since January 20 without placing the blame on the American voters who vote for these incompetent. liberal/socialist/communist morons that run all three branches of our current federal government. The world sees the problem and America is sadly the laughing stock of the world thanks to voter ignorance, hate and just plain stupidity. Yeah I said that and stand by it 100 per cent till the day I die.

    1. You can't blame the legitimate voters either; the moron in chief was installed via vote/election fraud. People need to view politics through the lens of Machiavelli's The Prince; it should be understanding politics 101. That and understanding cultural marxism is the key to understanding how the chi-com-crats and banksters have destroyed this country.

  10. The CINC, SECDEF, and CJCS should be the first to be fired. Next, the Veep, Sec of State, and Director of the CIA should also be fired.

  11. Obama fired 300 conservative star-ranked generals/admirals and full colonels/Navy captains. We should now fire 300 liberal/woke star-ranked generals/admirals and full colonels/Navy captains.

      1. At the time any and all military officers under the Obama Biden regime were asked if they would have their troops fire on the American people, anyone who said no was either demoted or relieved of command positions. This all goes back a long way. We were lied to for years by the left and Biden was in the thick of it. That is when he was still mentally competent. Now someone else is pulling his puppet strings.

  12. Ltc. Scheller echoed exactly what I have been thinking about this entire debacle. This was bound to be the result and this Battalion Commander knew that going in but he had the integrity to call out the failures of his senior leadership in the Pentagon. Following the chain of command is always the general rule but military leadership also teaches and demands integrity to stand up for what you believe is the right course of action, not to just blindly follow orders. Ltc. Scheller sacrificed his career and the majority of Veterans along with the troops formerly under his command will respect him for it!

    1. If I had a son or daughter in the military, I would want them to have a commanding officer like Ltc.Scheller. I would be assured
      They were in safe caring hands. He is an
      honorable, intelligent, devoted leader.
      Sadly, we only have a precious few of these
      leaders. I pray God will use Ltc. Scheller
      For our good and His glory.

  13. If the Marine Corpe,throws this Lt Col out of the Marines,for stating facts,all I can say is PEE PEE on the Marine Corps.

  14. Maj. Jim Stenger was relieved of command "due to a loss of trust and confidence and ability to command". This is an absolute lie! His men would follow him to the ends of the earth. But it is the "higher ups", the Generals in the military all the way to Joe Biden, Commander-in-chief who the American people don't trust. THEY are the ones who should be fired and relieved of command! It was THEIR decisions, THEIR failures that caused the death of 13 military, abandoning Americans and Afghan allies to be held hostage or killed by the Taliban!.

  15. so...


    dear generals/admirals, GROW A BIGGER SET!



    If you are that delicate, I suggest an IMMEDIATE RETIREMENT lest the

  16. Years ago the men at the top of the the Chain of Command were honorable and protective of the servicemen and women under their command.. My husband served 25 years. During that time no one had serious doubts that their commanders would look after their best interest. During the Clinton Administration, Officers who didn't agree with him lost their commands. Others watched this and over the years the officers of all branches became politicised. For many their promotions depended on the political party they belonged to. Now most of the hierarchy are little more than political hacks who will not stand up for the troops. The fact that they are allowing Biden to call the shots with the lives of our military members on the line shows how ineffective they are. A good house cleaning in White House and Department of Defense is past due. I fully support the Marine Commander's post. He was doing what any decent man and commander would do, voicing concerne for the lives of service men and women. When my husband served they knew they were not to criticize Command Issues, however things have changed due to the DOD being driven by by politics, not concern for the people who chose the military for their occupation. Having seen so many young men go off to war to never return, I am horrified at what has been happing to our military with these "woke" Officers in charge of today's military.

  17. Our supposed " commander & chief is getting away with telling all the military generals to
    "SHUT UP & DISSOBEY THE CONSTITUTION", cause I said so. And these FOOLS are BLINDILY following the orders of the "puppet" of a HITLER WANA BE. ( O.W.G.)
    Our freedom was EARNED by blood, NOT GIVEN BY WORDS !!!!

    Wake the fuck up people.

    The Constitution states. When the duly elected officials, no longer SERVE THE PEOPLE. They are to be FORCABLY REMOVED FROM THE OFFICE THEY WERE ELECTED TO. Not voted out, Not impeached, Not allowed to finished their term. Just REMOVED from office & replaced with newly elected officials.
    Don't believe me....... Try READING the Constitution, instead of just WAVING it around.
    They took an "OATH of OFFICE" & then WILLING DISOBEYED that oath. YOU BE THE JUDGE.
    I will not be here much longer, because they will come for me & silence me, for speaking my mind.
    I will spill my last drop of blood for this country, in order for it to REMAIN FREE. My life is not wasted as long as I speak of OUR NATION'S FREEDOM.


    By the way. I am not a soldier or a politician. Just an AMERICAN CITIZEN.


  19. The military i knew didn't promote this stupid woke crap, that marine officer need to be backed up our enemys they don't promote this stupid agenda, for goodness sakes wake up before it becomes a disaster for our country.


  21. The only man with balls standing up for his men is LTCOL Schiller. The upper level Generals should all be Courts Martial and receive a dishonorable discharge. We will end up by leaving thousands of Americans and our allies in Afghanistan. From what I have read the State department is blocking our people from leaving. Is the state department trying to bury the reason we failed our people?

  22. I was a military warrior for 40 years and served through 6 wars beginning with Vietnam. I agree with the Colonel and know about the chain of command BS. Sexual abuse and other shit has gone up through the chain of command and nothing was ever done. The problem is that the clowns in the pentagon won't stand up given that they have been politicized by this administration. These seniors officers have become self serving and have forgotten their responsibilities. All I see across the board are these assholes pointing the finger. You think? They all sound like the biden clan. It's pathetic and the American people need to be told the truth at whatever costs. I'm sorry to say that it's going to bite us all in the ass in the end. The senior military in the Pentagon are a disgrace to our soldiers, nation and veterans. God help us all. I come from Portland that has become the Capitol for the Antifa and nothing is done. There is no law and order here. One should see the weapons they have. The question no one seems to ask is why weren't the civilians removed first. President Trump had a plan and these fools had none. If we get killed as soldiers as the last ones to leave that's part of our job. The pull out in Vietnam was a hell of a lot better planned than the debacle we just saw. The Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretary of Defense, and Secretary of State should be removed (FIRED). The blood of all these people killed and being killed lye on the hands of our Military so called leader and Politicians We are in one hell of a mess and the commie News Media should be removed for covering up for a president that is not mentally capable of running this country along with that piece of shit for a vice president. God bless America!

  23. OUR BEST, Facing horrible circumstances, has been put to shame by Biden and those that backed his hideous demands that put Americans at risk. Our military is the finest in the world. Biden disrupted their mission and played into the hands of our enemies.
    God help our military and our America. Our Biden run Democrats are destroying our nation and our precious military.

  24. I don't know if this link will come through or not. Just know that every time I see & hear it, I have tears in my eyes & chill-bumps all over. PLEASE GIVE OUR MEN & WOMEN the "GREEN LIGHT" . If so, we WILL get them out.

    In case the link doesn't work right. The vid is called "The Warrior Song - Hard Corps - "

    I thank each & every one of you soldiers for your dedication, sacrifice & service. I for one shall NEVER condemn you. Past, Present, & God willing Future .
    You are not, nor shall ever be forgotten !!!!!!!


  25. The truth hurts .... and the Military Leaders are trying to deflect the bad attention they are getting ... AND only making it worse. My dad was a marine for 30 years, he would be appalled at what has transpired. He would have spoken his peace too!

  26. A True Warrior, Who Stood Up against the Weak, Woke Arm-Chair Warriors, who did not give into this political correctiveness! To Major Jim Stenger, my hats off to you! God Bless you and Keep You! We need more leadership across the board!

  27. sounds to me like the military leaders have been bought and paid for by. a biden and clan incorporated. the commie clan. you know darn good and well they those supposed leaders knew better than what they have done. all of these idiots taking money from the biden commie clan. Will find out that money will be worthless when they themselves become betrayed . that what lying cheating commies do . make you feel like your something then you will contract high speed lead poison . to bad it didn't happen to them years ago !!!

  28. Fired? Should have been promoted, they need more officers like this that are prepared to speak the truth. Heads should roll for firing this officer, he is exactly the kind of officer that the military need.

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