Marine who criticized U.S. handling of Afghanistan withdrawal will plead guilty, seek favorable discharge
…from the Washington Post
[ Editor’s Note: It looks like Scheller is going for the best deal he can to save some of his benefits after he jumped of a cliff by criticizing the military command over the highly politicized Afghanistan withdrawal, where frankly who gives a crap what he thinks.
He should have known that suicide bombing in Afghanistan is uncontrollable. The evacuation was going on under great pressure to move fast to get as many people out as possible.
Those Marines detailed for doing a quick frisking of everyone going into the airport were the tip of the spear magnet for a suicide bombing. They were smart enough to know this. It was tough duty. Welcome to the military in a dangerous situation.
It wasn’t Scheller’s call about what was right or wrong on the Afghanistan withdrawal, and military people get court martialed all the time for a lot less than what he did.
This was not one of McNamara’s below 40 IQ morons from the Vietnam days, but a highly educated and trained Marine Colonel.
Republican politicians have moved in quickly with the Pipe Hitter Foundation putting up $2.2 million as a defense fund, seeking an honorable discharge. That makes this a more delicate situation for the Marines JAG command in the Friday scheduled hearing that a special insider deal might be in the works.
If Scheller ends up on the Trump campaign trail afterwards, we will then know. I would bet my money know that that is what will happen. The Republican dark money will cover any benefit losses he incurs, and he will be able to criticize the command as much as it wants, maybe even running for Congress.
As Gordon does so love to say, “Welcome to how the world really works.”… Jim W. Dean ]
First published … October 10, 2021
One of Scheller’s attorneys, Tim Parlatore, said in a phone interview that he could not yet get into the specifics of a pretrial agreement because some of the details are “still up in the air.”
But he said the case began with Scheller demanding accountability from others, and it would “make him a hypocrite” if the Marine did not accept responsibility for his own actions.
The Marine hopes to avoid jail time and secure either an honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions.
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