A marine commander who shared a video criticizing US military leadership in the wake of a deadly suicide attack in Kabul on August 26 said he had been relieved of duty by his superiors after the footage went viral.
In the video released on Thursday, Marine Lt Col Stuart Scheller said at least one of the thirteen US service members killed in the suicide attack was a personal acquaintance.
“I’m not making this video because it’s potentially an emotional time,” Scheller said, speaking while in uniform. “I’m making it because I have a growing discontent and contempt for my perceived ineptitude at the foreign policy level and I want to specifically ask some questions to some of my senior leaders.”
Scheller went on to question decisions made as the US withdrew from Afghanistan, including the decision to evacuate Bagram Airfield in July.
The nearly five minute video has since been viewed over 337,000 times.
On Friday afternoon, Scheller posted a message on Facebook, writing “I have been relieved for cause based on a lack of trust and confidence as of 14:30 today.”
A spokesman for Headquarters Marine Corps confirmed Scheller had been relieved “due to a loss of trust and confidence in his ability to command” in a statement published by Task and Purpose. Credit: Stuart Scheller via Storyful