Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller was relieved of duty recently for publicly questioning President Joe Biden and his military brass’ botched withdrawal from Afghanistan. Lt. Col. Scheller, who served in the U.S. Marines Corp. honorably for 17 years, ended his Facebook video by simply stating, “I demand accountability.” This is precisely the same thing that another Lieutenant Colonel named Alexander Vindman said he was fighting for not so long ago. Let’s call this the tale of two lieutenant colonels.
In the 4 minute 45 second video Lt. Col. Scheller posted on social media on August 26th, he was simply venting the same frustration that tens of millions of Americans are feeling. The 970,000 views the video has garnered as of this writing bores that out. The American people want accountability for the inexplicable decision to leave Americans behind enemy lines and for the deaths of the 13 servicemen and women who were killed by terrorists because of Biden’s recklessness and ineptitude.
Scheller is incredulous that no one in senior leadership positions in the Biden Administration – either civilian or military – had the courage to take responsibility and resign. He’s right on a major strategic point as well – giving up Bagram Air Base was a colossal mistake and everyone knows it. Why the Democrat-controlled Congress hasn’t held hearings about this and scores of other unanswered questions relating to the withdrawal is just the latest dereliction of duty perpetrated by the left.
The Biden Administration’s politically-inspired withdrawal from Afghanistan is an ongoing disaster that makes America far less safe on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Because of Biden’s decision and the incompetence of Joint Chiefs Chairman Mark Milley, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, it will take decades for the United States to build back its respect around the globe.
Just over two years ago in July 2019, now-retired Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman became a protected whistleblower and celebrity of sorts on the left for publicly questioning President Donald Trump’s foreign policy regarding Ukraine. Vindman as a National Security Council staff member listened in on the July 25, 2019 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and sounded the false alarm about the private conversation between world leaders.
Vindman then became a driving force behind the sham partisan impeachment of President Trump because he allegedly recounted the Trump-Zelensky phone call with an anonymous whistleblower who then filed the complaint that started the whole Ukraine witch hunt in Congress.
So, why were the cases of Vindman and Scheller handled so differently? It’s called Trump Derangement Syndrome. The mainstream media and the D.C. establishment has one set of rules if you blow the whistle on Trump and another set of rules if you blow the whistle on Biden, it’s as simple as that. It’s part of the D.C. swamp mindset that propelled Donald Trump, the ultimate political outsider to the presidency in the first place. And the American people are still sick and tired of it.
If Scheller was relieved from duty – essentially on the spot – for saying what he believed, why wasn’t Vindman immediately sent packing by the Army for insubordination and leaking just the same?
It’s more than ironic that President Biden is currently under fire for his own phone call with a world leader. On July 23rd, Biden told former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani that he needed to create a false impression about the strength of the Taliban so that Biden could move forward with his withdrawal of Afghanistan. Biden also vowed to continue foreign assistance if Ghani went along with his deceptive wishes. If this call had been made by Donald Trump, there would already be a mainstream media frenzy in the White House press room and calls for impeachment hearings. But in this case of Biden, the White House is allowed to decline comment and the liberal media is told by their West Wing allies to cover something else.
Thankfully, the American people are paying attention and they see that the D.C. establishment never learned its lesson with the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Since Biden’s inauguration, they’ve slipped right back into their arrogant, tone deaf modus operandi. As Alexander Vindman continues his lucrative book tour as a hero of the anti-Trump mob, Stuart Scheller is speculating that he could spend some time in prison.