General Douglas MacArthur, General Mark Milley, Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller
Right from the beginning let’s address the elephant in the room. Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller spoke out publically against the military while actively serving. In military circles, this is tantamount to betraying your family. By saying the wrong thing even for the right reasons, you risk the lives of your fellow soldiers. It’s a fact that among other things, necessitates fervent trust within the military services.
It’s why when a soldier of any rank is given an order; that order is expected to be carried out. If an order is so wrong, so corrupt in its very nature that it defies all reason and must not be carried out, a soldier has only one recourse. Resignation. It’s intended to be a drastic remedy and there’s a purpose behind the intention.
War is a dirty business and it’s conducted in a way that civilians wouldn’t understand or tolerate. You can disagree with an order, you can even question an order given the right circumstance, you may even be able to proffer alternatives, but in the end, you do what you’re told. Just because you don’t agree with an order doesn’t mean you don’t have the responsibility to carry it out. It’s not comfortable and it’s not uncommon.
Soldiers on the battlefield don’t know what their commanders know; the commanders don’t know what the generals know. It’s called the chain of command for a reason and it’s essential to a proper military.
Where am I going with all this? Well, Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller knew what he was doing when he posted his grievance on social media. I can understand the frustration; I can understand the necessity to do something drastic when nothing else seems to work. But he made a mistake.
That’s right. In my opinion, the Lt. Col. put the cart in front of the horse. I think he should’ve resigned first, and then spoken out. I know there are time constraints but the symbolism is almost as important as the act. That said. He posted his objections to the Afghanistan retreat and requested accountability for its failure while still active duty. Of course, after the post was made public, the Marine Corps should’ve requested his resignation; it should’ve been submitted and accepted. The end. The ordeal is resolved.
This type of civil disobedience in the military is virtually always resolved by administrative penalty. He lost his career and his pension; it’s a huge sacrifice for speaking out and he chose to make it. Case closed. So why, after his resignation attempt, was the Lt. Col. arrested and thrown in the brig without formal charges? Answer. He isn’t woke.
General Mark Milley (mouse), on the other hand, is as woke as they come, and has publicly admitted to congress (by not denying it when asked) that he made phone calls to a hostile Chinese government intent on someday destroying America. He planned to warn the enemy of an impending attack should there be one. The telephone calls confirmed it. By anyone other than General Milley (mouse) and his woke cohorts, this is treason. He’s a traitor and the man (if you could call him that) should not only be fired, he should be rotting in the brig, not Lt. Col. Scheller. Scheller’s actions might have been extreme, but they weren’t treasonous.
I recently saw a historical piece on WWII and of course, General Douglas MacArthur was mentioned as a hero. In light of what’s happened in the last nine months with the Afghanistan debacle, the southern border invasion, the economic suicide regarding inflation that the Biden administration is presiding over, and let’s not forget the Lt. Col.’s imprisonment; I asked myself, what would MacArthur think.
You may be surprised by my take on the subject. See part – 2.