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Marine pleads guilty at court-martial for video attacking US Afghan exit


Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller pleaded guilty at his court-martial Thursday to quite a few fees stemming from the viral video he posted attacking the US’ lethal and botched withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Scheller entered his plea in a particular court-martial at North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune, in accordance with Task & Purpose.

A navy decide overseeing his case has to approve his plea.

His lawyer had revealed Wednesday Scheller can be accepting accountability for his actions, and {that a} sentencing listening to would observe that he anticipated to final two days.

Scheller was charged with a number of offenses beneath the Uniform Code of Military Justice for posting a four-minute video to Facebook on Aug. 26 slamming navy management after the ISIS-Okay suicide bombing at Kabul airport left 13 US service members lifeless.   

Dressed in his uniform, Scheller demanded accountability from navy leaders over the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan.

“I’m not saying we’ve got to be in Afghanistan forever, but I am saying: Did any of you throw your rank on the table and say, ‘Hey, it’s a bad idea to evacuate Bagram Airfield, a strategic airbase, before we evacuate everyone’?” Scheller mentioned within the video.

“Did anyone do that? And when you didn’t think to do that, did anyone raise their hand and say, ‘We completely messed this up’?”

Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller pleaded guilty at his court-martial to quite a few fees.
Marine officer Stuart Scheller
Scheller posted a video to Facebook slamming navy management after an ISIS-Okay suicide bombing at Kabul airport killed 13 US service members.   

He added: “People are upset because their senior leaders let them down, and none of them are raising their hands and accepting accountability.”

Scheller, a 17-year infantry officer who served in each Iraq and Afghanistan, acknowledged in his video that he “had a lot to lose” by airing his grievances.

The day after posting the video, Scheller was relieved of his command at the Advanced Infantry Training Battalion at Camp Geiger — a facility inside Camp Lejeune.

He was later charged and despatched to a navy jail after the clip went viral and he continued to talk out in a sequence of social media posts.

Among the costs he was hit with was exhibiting contempt towards officers, exhibiting disrespect towards superior commissioned officers and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.

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