It’s been just over a year since the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan and with no obvious course correction in sight for the woke military, ousted, outspoken former U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller called on the American people to demand accountability for those lacking “moral courage.”
Ahead of the Tuesday release of his book, “Crisis of Command: How We Lost Trust and Confidence in America’s Generals and Politicians,” Scheller sat down with Breitbart’s Kristina Wong for an exclusive interview. Made famous for a viral video calling out his superiors for their failures that, among other losses, resulted in the deaths of 13 U.S. service members, the 17-year veteran remained steadfast that leadership did not uphold their duty despite having had the training to do so.
“We have all this training in the military about moral courage–like formal classes semi-annually, and I just was pointing out,” he explained of the content of his video that led to his removal from the military, “like, ‘Hey despite all the talk, you guys are not fulfilling your end of the bargain. I’m sick of the talk, I want action. I want you to fulfill the values that you espouse,’ and I just didn’t see it from my leaders.”
“President Biden ordered a drawdown of military forces in Afghanistan, and he picked a PR date of September 11,” Scheller reminded. “So he ordered a drop from 2500 to 650 military troops and we did this before evacuating American citizens. Our general officers didn’t push back. I was really upset about that. They later said they disagreed with it, but they followed the orders that were given.”
Since the withdrawal, the former Marine held to his original account that then-U.S. Central Command Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie specifically was at fault for his failure to properly advise the president as to the situation on the ground and, furthermore, for his failure to resign for his role in the disaster.
“My position is once the generals, Gen. McKenzie specifically…when he recommended to the president that we should have 2,500 troops, there was a responsibility for the military advisor to get the boss to take his plan…so he failed in that ‘soft diplomacy’…so at that point, Gen. McKenzie had a choice. He could have resigned…he had a moral responsibility to resign,” Scheller said in January.
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“I knew that we were going to deflect and try and call it a success. And I just felt like service members deserved accurate, timely assessment of failure,” he added to Wong. “And it needed to come from someone with a position of authority and knew what they were talking about. And so for all those reasons I decided to make a video demanding accountability of my senior leaders.”
For his part, McKenzie had previously denied culpability in an interview with Fox News when he said, “I’m confident that my assessments went up the chain of command–I’m sure the president saw them. The president of the United States has to make decisions based on a variety of factors. My input was certainly one of those factors and I appreciate the opportunity to have had that input. But the president’s going to have to make decisions based on a much broader range of considerations.”
“There’s been no senior military leaders that have assumed any type of accountability, or our politicians,” Scheller pointed out, drawing attention to even those who had decried Biden for a lack of substantive action to address the problems faced by the woke agenda being driven by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Biden who have made “white rage,” “climate control,” “COVID” and “extremism” concerns above fighting capacity.
“Like, obviously [Austin’s] priorities are skewed,” he stated. “Fighting should be the focus at all times. And obviously, you need a secretary of defense to manage that. And Mark Milley is the same thing, [he’s talking] not only ‘white rage,’ he’s talking about climate control. ‘Hey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, like, your job is to advise on military policy, winning wars like climate control is not in your wheelhouse,’ but the reason they do that is because they’re people-pleasing, for all the reasons I just described.”
Scheller reasserted that the means for promotion in the military ought to be adjusted to return the service to a merit-based system as opposed to the highly political state that it is in. To that end, he called on the American people to press the military that works for them to straighten out.
“And so the American people need to understand the problem so that they can start contacting their representatives. And I give a couple of ways that the American people can get active and hold the military accountable,” he told Breitbart. “And so I hope the American people read it, understand it and become informed so that they can start being influences of change.”
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