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Wed Oct 13, 2021, 09:45 AM

Marine who criticized handling of Afghanistan withdrawal will plead guilty, seek favorable discharge

A Marine officer whose viral videos criticizing senior officials for how they withdrew from Afghanistan created a political uproar will plead guilty to several charges and seek a discharge that allows him to keep some military benefits, one of his lawyers said Tuesday.

Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller is scheduled for court-martial at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina on Thursday, and faces charges that include disrespect toward superior commissioned officers, willfully disobeying a superior commissioned officer, and dereliction in the performance of duties. He burst into public view in August when, in the immediate aftermath of a suicide bombing that killed 13 U.S. troops and about 170 Afghans, he posted a video while in uniform questioning why no senior leader had admitted making mistakes in how the withdrawal was carried out.

One of Scheller's attorneys, Tim Parlatore, said in a phone interview that he could not yet get into the specifics of a pretrial agreement because some of the details are “still up in the air.” But he said the case began with Scheller demanding accountability from others, and it would “make him a hypocrite” if the Marine did not accept responsibility for his own actions.

The Marine hopes to avoid jail time and secure either an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/marine-scheller-to-plead-guilty/2021/10/12/ccf1be18-2b74-11ec-92bd-d2ffe8570c7d_story.html

Sounds as if he's now realized the consequences of his actions. No retirement benefits for this disgrace to the Corps.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 09:47 AM

1. If he gets better than a General Discharge under less than honorable conditions...

it will be a travesty.

There is no Semper Fidelis in what he did.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 09:48 AM

2. This asshole dishonoured his oath. Kick him out. Lock him up.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 09:50 AM

3. Given the charges against him, I wouldn't think that even a General Discharge would be allowed. n/t

 

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 09:54 AM

4. Like they say in the ranks, Colonel: Embrace the suck. You did it, accept the consequences ...

Only two things really got my attention at the induction center:

1. Signing away my Bill of Rights and signing myself subject the the great oxymoron, Uniform Code of Military Justice.

2. Swearing the Oath. Which I took pretty darn seriously.

The rest of it is a total blur.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 09:59 AM

5. If he resigned his commission he is no longer Lt. Col.

He’s a Private who disobeyed a direct order, sitting in the brig. Guessing he will get a general discharge under honorable conditions and his parents will go back on Fox News again to whine some more.

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Response to GoodRaisin (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 10:01 AM

6. He just wants to get out and enjoy the 2 million dollars he fundraised

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Response to Nevilledog (Reply #6)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 10:04 AM

8. ...from fools parting with their money.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 10:02 AM

7. Dishonorable

This is all on one person. Dishonorable, and I don’t give a flip about his rank.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 10:06 AM

9. Need to make an example out of this clown. His rank makes him more accountable, not less.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 11:19 AM

10. One more MAGAT removed from the military

Is a win in my book.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 12:12 PM

11. In his case: "Once a Marine, no longer a Marine." Nt

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 05:47 PM

12. But right in your statement you said...

“I’ve been fighting for 17 years,” he continues. “I’m willing to throw it all away to say to my senior leaders, ‘I demand accountability.’'

Sorry but no "take backs" after you agree to "throw it all away-"all' includes any pension, Fuckhead...

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Wed Oct 13, 2021, 05:58 PM

13. He should do prison time.

If they let him go with any kind of favorable discharge, what does that say to the next guy who is thinking of doing the same thing he did?

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