(Liberty Bell) – You know a story that a lot of folks aren’t talking about anymore that still deserves to be thoroughly investigated and reported on? The debacle that transpired in Afghanistan last summer during the worst botched troop withdrawal in United States history.
Thankfully, according to a report from BizPacReview, an ousted Marine commander, Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, appeared on the Megyn Kelly podcast where he called out all of the “go-along-to-get-along” military leaders that he says are 100 percent responsible for the mess that transpired during the withdrawal when the country of Afghanistan was basically taken over by the Taliban overnight.
According to Scheller, Marine General Frank McKenzie, the U.S. Central Command boss, shares a large portion of the blame for what happened.
“If I was Joe Biden, I would say ‘the buck stops with me;’ if I was Gen. McKenzie, I would say that the ‘buck stops with me.’ If I was [SecDef] Lloyd Austin, I would say ‘the buck stops with me.’…all three have shirked responsibility,” Scheller stated.
“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,” he went on to tell host Megyn Kelly on her podcast.
“The context for that portion of the discussion was the disastrous decision by Joe Biden to abandon the well-fortified Bagram Air Base for the evacuation,” the report noted.
“I’ve been to Bagram Air Base…it’s hard to even fathom if you’ve never been there how big and important and critical this was. You could have done that whole evacuation and maintained security and never had a problem,” Scheller remarked, making a reference to the requested 2,500 troops to keep the base open.
“Operation planners submitted plans to the Biden administration to maintain Bagram, but Biden and his inner circle instead decided to close down Bagram, he explained, ‘because they wanted to shrink the force in Afghanistan very quickly,'” the report from BPR stated.
Scheller also went on to reveal that the military put out a gag order on him for four months, but now he’s taking the opportunity to speak out and McKenzie is “racing for the exits.”
“But [McKenzie] didn’t [resign], so he obviously thought, based on the restraints that he had, he could pull off the plan. In my opinion, at that point, he is responsible. He is the military guy that’s in charge of that plan doing the withdrawal. He doesn’t get to go back, after the fact, which is what he did, and so, ‘no, I told the president 2,5000, and he didn’t listen to me,'” Scheller commented.
“Well, you didn’t resign, did you Frank, and you didn’t get him to agree to your plan, did you Frank, so guess what? You’re responsible at this point. It just kind of breaks my heart that this is where we’re at, we’re looking at these general officers, their plans were obviously failing, and we don’t have anyone saying, ‘hey, we messed this up,'” he ranted.
“Scheller also chided Marine Corps commandant David Berger for issuing a memo telling disillusioned-or-worse soldiers, among other things, to seek therapy. ‘I read that, and it rang so false. He didn’t either understand, or he just didn’t care, why servicemembers were upset. They were upset because the plan fell apart because it was a terrible plan. Anyone can see that,'” the report said.
“No one is addressing the breakdown at the operational and strategic level, which is the four-star general level, and those people need to be held accountable,” Scheller then went on to assert.
Despite having 17 years of exemplary service under his belt, Scheller was relieved of duty back in August of 2021 for posting up a viral video on social media platforms Facebook and LinkedIn that were heavily critical of the bombing at Hamid Karzai International Airport in the city of Kabul. A total of 13 U.S. service members died in the blast.
Scheller was then reportedly tossed in the brig for supposedly violating an agreement to stop criticizing the military on social media. He ultimately pled guilty to six misdemeanor level charges during this court-martial hearing. The Marines then issued a general discharge, which caused him to lose eligibility for his military pension.
Podcast host Megyn Kelly then went on to recall, with complete disgust, how Joe Biden had declared the Afghanistan withdrawal operation as an “extraordinary success.”
“During another longform interview, this one on ‘Tucker Carlson Today’ that streams on Fox Nation, Scheller, who described himself as a centrist, noted that through his Authentic Americans website, he plans to back like-minded, accountability-demanding veterans running for political office,” the report from BPR stated.
“Gold Star parents Steve Nikoui and Shana Chappell, whose son Kareem Nikoui was among those heroes murdered by the ISIS suicide bomber at the airport, have separately demanded the resignation of Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff,” the report added.
Parents of Marine killed in Kabul call for Milley’s resignation, question son’s cause of death https://t.co/qYr6yIRm4E
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) January 3, 2022
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