I’ll Say What You Can’t

(if you’re in the military)

If you serve in any branch of the military, no matter your rank, you are expected never to speak out publically in opposition of your commanding officers or your commander in chief. If you do you suffer the consequences as did Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller. While to those outside the military, this might seem wrong and counterproductive, it is necessary. The point of such a rule is this. Only those who lead have all the facts, the big picture. And just because an order may seem wrong, it isn’t necessarily wrong, therefore orders must be followed, not questioned. It’s the only way a well-functioning military works.

Orders given—orders followed. There is trust on both sides of the equation. Leaders trust that their orders will be followed and those who are ordered trust that their leaders are doing what is right and just. Under normal circumstances and with competent leadership, the system works as it should. But there is an exception to this rule and there is only one solution: albeit a drastic one. If an order is so blatantly wrong that it can’t be obeyed, a soldier has a responsibility to his or her God, country, and fellow soldiers to disobey. But the cost is high, as it should be. It literally means losing everything.

You can see samples of this over and over in Hollywood productions both movies and TV where a junior officer refuses to carry out an order that a commanding officer issues. Usually, the commander has a personal agenda that doesn’t include the best interests of their country. Other times the leaders in charge are just bungling (woke) fools who are a disgrace to the uniform they don. But when push comes to shove and the cataclysmic end is near there’s always that lone soldier who stops the excrement from rolling any further down the hill, stands on principle and risking it all, disobeys an order. That’s the moment he or she becomes a true hero. In Hollywood it’s just a script, in the US armed forces, it means the end of your career.

Lt. Col Stuart Scheller had enough. There wasn’t one bad order or one bad commanding officer in Washington, the Afghanistan retreat is a hornet’s nest full of both. The list must be a mile long and at the top is Joe (the buck stops with me if I can’t find a way to blame Trump) Biden. Next comes Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley (mouse), then there’s the rest of the JCOS who have been conspicuously silent. Amongst all these decorated commanders, we have to go down the chain of command to Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller to find a man willing to risk it all.

That’s true heroism. But hell, what do I know, I’m just a bus driver.

For more perspective regarding the subject of me saying what those in the military can’t, please reference my previous posts The Tail is Wagging the Dog, where you’ll hear more about Gen. Milley (mouse) and also Shoes Before Socks, where some of the weak links in the chain are exposed.

PS – If by chance you are an active soldier and you like what you read, please do NOT share or retweet this content. You’ll probably get in trouble. But if you’re retired military and you like this stuff, feel free to spread the word.

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