Marine Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Scheller is the only person who has been fired for Afghanistan. He was fired for demanding accountability from his leaders.
This video is the follow-up to the first one that went viral. He announces his resignation and he walks away from $2 million in retirement payments and benefits, saying the money should go back to all the senior general officers – as they’ll be the ones lacking jobs and financial security when he’s through with them.
“All I asked for was accountability of my senior leaders. When there are clear, obvious mistakes that were made…I want 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. And I haven’t received that.
“For the over $2 million that I would potentially receive in retirement for the rest of my life..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.
“I want to be clear that I love the Marine Corps…Those people who are there every day…who go outside the wire, get blown up, bring their Marine back and then go back out there the next day. They don’t get the credit they deserve and they deserve accountability.
“You have no idea what I’m capable of doing.
“To all the congressmen, senators, every media station, across the globe, to all the rich philanthropists, I appreciate the support and I’m going to need your support. … I don’t need a single dollar. I just need every single person that’s willing to go back outside the wire every single day to wear a blue collar and just go into work every single day and feed their families, those are the people that I need.
“Follow me and we will bring the whole fucking system down. I am honorable. You can ask any Marine who served with me for 17 years. I dare you to ask them all and find out what I’m made of.
“We’re just getting started.”
Compare and contrast Lt Colonel Stuart Scheller to Army Lt Colonel Alexander Vindman, who in 2019, lied before Congress and the world in a failed attempt to impeach Donald Trump over a routine phone call with the President of Ukraine.
Vindman resigned a year later, complaining that Trump had “blocked his promotion”. The Army never investigated him, let alone fired him.