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Marine pleads guilty at court-martial for video attacking US Afghan exit

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Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller pleaded guilty at his court-martial Thursday to numerous charges stemming from the viral video he posted attacking the US’ deadly and botched withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Scheller entered his plea in a special court-martial at North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune, according to Task & Purpose.

A military judge overseeing his case has to approve his plea.

His attorney had revealed Wednesday Scheller would be accepting responsibility for his actions, and that a sentencing hearing would follow that he expected to last two days.

Scheller was charged with multiple offenses under the Uniform Code of Military Justice for posting a four-minute video to Facebook on Aug. 26 slamming military leadership after the ISIS-K suicide bombing at Kabul airport left 13 US service members dead.   

Dressed in his uniform, Scheller demanded accountability from military leaders over the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan.

“I’m not saying we’ve got to be in Afghanistan forever, but I am saying: Did any of you throw your rank on the table and say, ‘Hey, it’s a bad idea to evacuate Bagram Airfield, a strategic airbase, before we evacuate everyone’?” Scheller said in the video.

“Did anyone do that? And when you didn’t think to do that, did anyone raise their hand and say, ‘We completely messed this up’?”

Marine officer Stuart Scheller
Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller pleaded guilty at his court-martial to numerous charges.
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Marine officer Stuart Scheller
Scheller posted a video to Facebook slamming military leadership after an ISIS-K suicide bombing at Kabul airport killed 13 US service members.   
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He added: “People are upset because their senior leaders let them down, and none of them are raising their hands and accepting accountability.”

Scheller, a 17-year infantry officer who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, acknowledged in his video that he “had a lot to lose” by airing his grievances.

The day after posting the video, Scheller was relieved of his command at the Advanced Infantry Training Battalion at Camp Geiger — a facility within Camp Lejeune.

He was later charged and sent to a military prison after the clip went viral and he continued to speak out in a series of social media posts.

Among the charges he was hit with was showing contempt toward officials, showing disrespect toward superior commissioned officers and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.

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