U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller attracted attention last month after releasing a video in which he demanded accountability over the Biden administration’s chaotic troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Despite the deadly terrorist attack and Taliban takeover that stemmed from that pullout, it appears the only one in hot water is Scheller.
“He did not accept that”
The Daily Caller reported on Wednesday that he is being held in confinement pending a criminal trial, though no charges have yet been brought against him.
Stuart Scheller Sr. said his son offered to resign earlier this month to allow for an honorable discharge.
“They gave him an offer that was less than honorable discharge with no pension and no benefits,” the elder Scheller said. “It was verbal and he did not accept that.”
He added that neither he nor his wife have spoken to their son since his incarceration and have little information regarding what is set to transpire in the case.
“Stuart’s lawyer has lowered our expectations that they could keep him in jail for six, nine, 12 months prior to an official court-martial trial,” he said.
“I don’t want to tear down this institution”
At the time of his statement, Scheller Sr. said the Marine Corps had not filed charges, adding: “We don’t even know why he’s in jail other than breaking a gag order, so it’s kind of hard to mount a defense if we don’t know what he’s being charged with.”
Although he said he remains “proud of our military” and the branch for which his son has served for 17 years, he warned of the impact this situation could have on the armed forces going forward.
“And I’m telling you that because if the Marine Corps goes through with this, they daily continue to destroy their credibility and I don’t want to tear down the Marine Corps. I don’t want to tear down this institution, so I’m imploring them: let’s settle this, let Stuart out.”
He went on to call for “Americans to find their voice and stand up” in support of his son, regardless of personal or partisan differences.
It seems clear that the younger Scheller’s case is resonating with some Americans, given reports that a fundraiser launched on his behalf has already amassed more than $1.5 million.