Marine Who Criticized Military Leaders over Afghan Exit Fired and said he was ordered to undergo mental health screening U.S. Marine officer who was relieved of his command for breaking rank and calling out the brass over the chaotic and deadly evacuation of American troops from Afghanistan in which 13 service members were killed said that he was ordered to undergo a mental health screening.
Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller was fired after posting a video on social media where he criticized military leaders over the botched exit. In the footage, the 17-year Marine, just three years shy of a full pension, said took leaders to task.
“I’m not saying we need 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. “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?'”
In an online post, Scheller said his commanding officer ordered him to go to a hospital for a mental health screening. He said he was evaluated by mental health specialists and “then sent on my way.”
Biden faces new criticism on Afghanistan withdrawal
President Biden said earlier that he promised to stay in Afghanistan until every American is evacuated, but after withdrawal, critics say he did not live up to his vow.
Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. announced that the last of the U.S. troops stationed at the Kabul airport had left, completing the military’s drawdown in the country, even though hundreds of Americans likely remain.
McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, said some American citizens who wanted to leave Afghanistan remained in the country.
“We did not get everybody out that we wanted to get out,” he said.
President Biden told ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos during an interview on Aug. 18 that the U.S. military objective in Afghanistan was to get “everyone” out, including Americans and Afghan allies and their families.
“That’s what we’re doing now, that’s the path we’re on. And I think we’ll get there,” he said. “If there are American citizens left, we’re gonna stay to get them all out.”
A senior State Department official told Fox News that there remained a “small number” of Americans inside Afghanistan.
That official put the number of Americans at “below 250,” adding that some additional Americans have departed Afghanistan in recent hours. The official added that the State Department also was committed to evacuating “those who worked with us,” referring to Afghan “partners.”
Sen. Tom Cotton, who appeared on “The Ingraham Angle”, said Biden kept his promise to the Taliban to be out by Aug. 31, but not to the Americans still in the country.