Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer has criticized the Pentagon for jailing, in solitary confinement with no date of trial, Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller for daring to call the military brass to account for their failure in Afghanistan. Scheller resigned his commission. But that wasn’t enough. The Pentagon wants to make him pay dearly for doing his duty to the American people.
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Meyer: “I don’t understand what grounds that the military has put him in the brig for. But I mean, this is what the military does. What it tells me, though, is that either that they’re worried about what this guy’s going to say — I just don’t think that, I just don’t think that this is the right way to handle this. I mean, I think that, look, if this man wants answers, this man came out and literally asked the same questions that all of us are asking. And I just think this is a terrible move. I don’t — I just don’t understand what we don’t know yet of what regards did they think that this was going to be a smart move to put this man behind bars… To me, in my opinion, it just shows me that our military leadership has gotten so political and that with the left, they feel so empowered that they feel they can do whatever they want and they’re not going to be held accountable on it, which is what we’re seeing with the top generals right now. So why would they think any different? But I don’t think this is a smart move for them. And I think this is really going to come back and get them.”
Scheller’s parents feel the same way and more so. His dad commented, “Our son called for accountability. Throughout the hearing today I don’t feel like they accepted accountability,” Scheller Sr. said. “I am extremely disappointed. It’s no coincidence in my opinion that they put a gag order on [Stuart Jr.] and they put him in prison the day before they had to appear in front of senators – and tomorrow in front of congressmen. I think that is fairly an act of cowardice.
“The Marines have fast-tracked him in his career. Until 30 days ago, he was a hero to the leadership of the Marine Corps. On August 26th,” the elder Scheller said. “When 13 of our servicemen died in the Kabul Airport, something inside of our son snapped. He was angry. He is principled – he is a very courageous and principled man – but when that happened, he had to go and ask his leaders for accountability. He had many active duty Marines and veterans were asking, is it worth it?”
His mom has her thoughts. “My thoughts are, our son said to him (Milley), ‘If you thought this was a bad idea, were you willing to take your rank and put it down and say I won’t put our men and women in peril?’ — He (her son) dropped his rank and resigned and said, ‘I will not do this to our members.’ ”
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This piece was written by David Kamioner on October 4, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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