The mother and father of the Marine officer who is jailed after posting a scathing video concerning the botched Afghan withdrawal slammed Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Workers Gen. Mark Milley, Secretary of Protection Lloyd Austin and Gen. Frank McKenzie – and referred to as for his or her resignations.
Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller has landed within the brig after he ripped into army management following the devastating suicide bombing on the Kabul airport, which killed 13 US service members and scores of Afghans.
The officer introduced he was resigning and strolling away from a $2 million pension after 17 years of service.
His mother and father, Stuart Scheller Sr. and Cathy Scheller, mentioned in an interview on “The Ingraham Angle” on Tuesday that their son is being unfairly punished as he sits in solitary confinement at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC, Fox News reported.
They expressed their anger at Milley, Austin and McKenzie, the commander of the US Central Command, saying they refused to take accountability throughout their earlier appearances at a Senate listening to.
“Our son called for accountability. Throughout the hearing today I don’t feel like they accepted accountability,” Scheller Sr. advised host Laura Ingraham.
“I am extremely disappointed. It’s no coincidence in my opinion that they put a gag order on [Stuart Jr.] and they put him in prison the day before they had to appear in front of senators – and tomorrow in front of congressmen,” the daddy mentioned
“I think that is fairly an act of cowardice,” he added.
The officer’s mom mentioned he’s being held in “pretrial detention,” however has not but been given a trial date or charged with any crime, including that he has been unable to contact them moreover a brief telephone name to her to assist him get a lawyer, in line with Fox Information.
Cathy additionally responded to Milley’s testimony earlier than the Senate, the place he responded to a query from Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark), who requested if he ought to have resigned when the president determined to totally withdraw from Afghanistan towards generals’ recommendation.
“It would be an incredible act of political defiance for a commissioned officer to just resign because my advice is not taken,” Milley testified. “This country doesn’t want generals figuring out what orders we are going to accept and do or not. That’s not our job.”
Milley added his father, who fought at Iwo Jima, “didn’t get a choice to resign.”
Cathy advised Ingraham: “My thoughts are, our son said to him, ‘If you thought this was a bad idea, were you willing to take your rank and put it down and say I won’t put our men and women in peril?’”
She mentioned Milley ought to have “resigned and said, ‘I will not do this to our members.’ He didn’t do that.”
The mom told the Washington Examiner that she “ran the gamut of rage to tears” when she discovered her son was arrested Monday.
“I have taken up his cause. I will do everything I can to make sure this doesn’t disappear. I am very proud of him for standing for the service members and asking for accountability,” Cathy advised the information outlet.
Stuart Scheller Sr. mentioned his son had been ordered to not talk on social media.
“Effective immediately upon your receipt below, you are hereby ordered to refrain from posting any and all material, in any form without exception, to any social media. In this context, the term ‘social media’ shall be construed very broadly to include any medium by which you may share information with groups of people…” the officer was advised, in line with a Sept. 25 Fb publish cited by the Examiner.
“A week ago, they issued a gag order. He was very aware that he broke that gag order, and he told his commanding officer to have the [police] there at 8 a.m. Monday to arrest him,” his father advised the paper.
“Stuart is a man of incredible principle. He’s a highly decorated war hero. He is a warrior still fighting for his Marines and veterans,” he mentioned.
“They decided to throw my son in jail to shut him up,” Scheller Sr. added. “Stuart didn’t murder anyone. Stuart didn’t do drugs or sexually offend anyone. He spoke the truth and asked for accountability.”
Cathey mentioned that in her son’s “17 years of service, I’ve by no means heard him make a disparaging comment about any president, previous or current.
“I believe this outburst came as his frustration mounted over this entire debacle in Afghanistan and his call for accountability. Even then, he could not bring himself to speak ill of a standing president,” she added.