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SCHELLER SPEAKS: MARINE USES COURT-MARTIAL TO BLAST ‘UNACCOUNTABLE’ BRASS

US Marine Corps Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller has pleaded guilty to all counts against him. Composite by Coffee or Die Magazine.

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller blasted broadsides at the Pentagon brass on Thursday, Oct. 14, more than 5,000 blistering words hurled at senior leaders he portrayed as unaccountable martinets responsible for two decades of failed operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Previously confined by his superiors in the brig here and then released with a gag order that shut him up, Scheller delivered a scathing statement to the audience attending his special court-martial trial, just hours after he pleaded guilty to all counts leveled against him.

“I truly believe America is the greatest country in the world,” he said. “I truly believe the American military is the greatest military in the world. I truly believe the Marine Corps has the best talent of all the military services. But I also truly believe fundamental change needs to occur in the military. I have observed that the general officers are unable or unwilling to hold themselves accountable.

“I have always loved the Marines. But as my recent public comments illustrate, I have started questioning the long-standing system of the Marine Corps, and for that matter, the military as a whole,” he continued.

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