The U.S. Marine commander who called out his superiors for the Afghanistan failure and disastrous withdrawal that led to the deaths of 13 service members announced on Sunday that he is resigning from the Marine Corps.
In a video posted on Sunday, Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller mentioned that he is “sacrificing a comfortable retirement by criticizing the way the withdrawal was handled.”
“I could stay in the Marine Corps for another three years, but I don’t think that’s the path I’m on. I’m resigning my commission as a United States Marine, effective now,” The Marine said. “I am forfeiting retirements, 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 was face of a controversy on Thursday after posting a video and calling out the top military leaders for denying responsibility over an ISIS-K attack that resulted in the deaths of 11 Marines, an Army soldier, a Navy corpsman and 169 Afghans.
“I’m not saying we need 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’?”
“I’m not saying we can take back what has been done. All I asked for was accountability, for people to comment on what I said and to say, ‘Yes. Mistakes were made.’ And had they done that I would’ve gone back into rank and file, submitted, and accomplished what I wanted,” Scheller added.
Many publications reached out to Scheller for comments. His father, Stuart Scheller Sr., told The New York Post on Sunday that his son won’t talk to the media until he is done with his “formal” exit from the Marines.
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