Ready for an unpopular opinion?
Although I hope the Marines are kind, and don’t give him a dishonorable discharge, they cannot ignore what this guy did:
I don’t know if they have overcharged him, I suspect equal justice hasn’t been applied in other cases, and I don’t disagree with the point of his initial video that started it all, but as a former Navy guy, I can tell you that the American military would collapse if they allow this kind of insubordination.
And I respect Lieutenant Coronel Scheller for being willing to risk it all to say what needed to be said.
Update: A much more thorough review of the charges/etc.:
Update: It does look like the Marines chose to be kind:
“A military judge accepted on Thursday Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller’s plea and found Scheller guilty of all charges at his court-martial today at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune,” The Daily News reported. “Scheller’s lawyer earlier Thursday said he expects Scheller to receive a letter of reprimand. In court it was said Scheller could also forfeit two-thirds of his monthly pay, for up to 12 months. There are limitations on his potential punishment. Scheller may not be demoted, fined or punitively discharged.”
The U.S. Marine who posted videos on social media criticizing military leadership and the Biden administration’s withdrawal of military assets from Afghanistan was issued a letter of reprimand and a forfeiture of $5,000 worth of pay for one month, after pleading guilty to all charges during his court-martial hearing this week.
Final, final update:
Okay…this seemed worthy of one more update. The judge also chided the Marines for locking Scheller up pre-trial, and leaking records to the pres: