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Stuart Scheller court martial for Afghanistan pullout is double standard

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Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, who had criticized navy management on social media for the poorly executed US exit from the Afghan conflict, has been charged with six crimes in a particular court-martial. This vindictive act of disproportionate punishment of a US citizen, who merely exercised his constitutional proper to free speech, demonstrates the Pentagon’s double-standard relating to coping with those that problem what the navy calls “chain of command.” 

Four months earlier than Col. Scheller publicly denounced the navy brass for what most Americans contemplate a reckless and lethal failure, Space Force Commander Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier was fired for talking out towards the Pentagon’s powers that be. Lohmeier made an commentary on his podcast that, as a substitute of getting ready US warriors for profitable battles, navy management positioned an excessive amount of deal with advancing Marxist ideologies resembling Critical Race Theory. Both of those patriotic officers misplaced their jobs just because they did the “unthinkable”: They dared to name out their superiors for deficiencies. Both of those courageous officers sought to make our navy extra ready to deal with overseas threats. 

Contrast this with Alexander Vindman, the retired US Army colonel who spurred the impeachment strategy of former President Trump, and with Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who made secret calls to China behind Donald Trump’s again. Vindman, in a current ebook, proudly admitted that he “was the driving force” behind Trump’s impeachment. 

He reported “up the chain” that the content material of President Trump’s cellphone name with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky merited impeachment. Vindman, who listened in on the decision as a part of his duties, was upset that Trump was pressuring Ukraine to take a firmer stance towards corruption earlier than disbursing American taxpayers’ cash in safety help to some of the corrupt international locations on the planet. 

Vindman and his coterie of legal professionals, informants and different DC swamp creatures plunged Washington into political dysfunction, additional polarizing an already deeply divided nation. Ironically, their actions have been in keeping with Putin’s objective of unbalancing America, one thing Moscow tried to realize in the course of the 2016 election. Milley, for his half, promised his Communist Chinese counterpart that he would offer him with advance warning within the occasion of an imminent assault by Washington. 

Marine officer Stuart Scheller relieved of duty for calling out brass over Afghanistan.
Marine officer Stuart Scheller was relieved of responsibility for calling out brass over Afghanistan.
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Shamefully and dangerously, each Vindman and Milley acted towards US safety pursuits by undermining our democratically elected president. Yet Milley is nonetheless serving as America’s prime navy officer. He not too long ago held talks with one other overseas counterpart, Russia’s General Valery Gerasimov, ostensibly additionally to “reduce risk of conflict.” 

As a former DIA intelligence officer and Russia specialist, let me let you know about Gerasimov. The chief of Russian General Staff, he authored the anti-US offensive technique known as “controlled instability.” It goals to realize Putin’s objective to “destabilize” and subvert our society with cyber strikes, election sabotage, assaults on Americans that trigger “Havana Syndrome” and comparable “asymmetric” weapons that leverage Russia’s lesser energy towards that of a stronger one, the United States. 

Vindman, after his early dismissal from the National Security Council, retired from the Army, having concluded that future promotion was unlikely given his function in Trump’s impeachment. He was hailed as an American hero by left-wing ideologues and Trump haters. 

As somebody who has been on the incorrect facet of the Washington Establishment, I do know first-hand how vindictive the federal government paperwork could be. In December 2016, I used to be ousted from my place as a senior intelligence officer for Russian Doctrine & Strategy on the DIA. My offense was my persistent warnings concerning the Russian menace, which I noticed as being underestimated. 

The menace was largely ignored by the Obama Administration, which foolishly pursued the unachievable objective of a “reset” with Putin. I additionally identified the dearth of correct experience inside our intelligence equipment essential to counter the looming Russian menace. 

As payback, I used to be tossed out of the DIA, primarily based on trumped up allegations in a Soviet-style course of ruled by the Administrative State’s unelected functionaries. 

Cols. Scheller and Lohmeier deserve our gratitude. Demanding accountability from our leaders for grave errors is the correct factor to do. Calling out the specter of Marxist ideology throughout the navy, because it erodes US fight readiness, is an obligation of any officer who swore to uphold America’s safety. 

While solely a handful of courageous officers, like Scheller and Lohmeier, attain the headlines, there are lots of of us who’ve misplaced careers and livelihoods for talking reality to energy. Intolerance of dissent and criticism and retaliation towards whistleblowers is a systemic downside within the Pentagon and the federal government paperwork at giant. The almighty everlasting authorities strikes again with vengeance at anybody who dares to reveal its incompetence, airing it out in public. 

The Feds are forgetting, although, that it is already clear to everybody that they’re much more proficient at unleashing the complete energy of the State towards harmless Americans than they’re at combatting overseas threats. They’ve proven us that the paperwork is merely unable to plot a viable technique to capably withdraw from Afghanistan, stop Putin’s cyberattacks, or to detect and warn concerning the lethal Chinese virus. The incompetence and double-standards of the Pentagon and our spy companies endanger Americans. 

Rebekah Koffler is a former DIA intelligence officer and the writer of “Putin’s Playbook: Russia’s Secret Plan to Defeat America.” Follow her on Twitter @rebekah0132

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