The Morning Report by JJ Sefton over at Ace of Spades HQ began like this today:
Good morning, kids. Start of a new week and right off the bat I’m irked (ma-nish-ta-na, right?). After earning the admiration of so many people for, in the very real sense of the phrase, “speaking truth to power” Marine Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Scheller slapped us all in the face. Hard.
Scheller became a household name among conservatives this past August when he publicly criticized the Biden [junta’s] botched withdrawal from Afghanistan while demanding accountability from senior leadership. Immediately after his post went viral, Scheller was fired after 17 years of service. Last week, a Marine Corps spokesperson confirmed that Scheller was placed in military jail as he waits for a preliminary hearing. . .
. . . Prior to his arrest, Scheller issued a lengthy post on Facebook in which he criticized various political and military figures, including former President Trump and Gen. Michael Flynn:
President Trump. I was told by everyone to kiss the ring because of your following and power. I refuse. While I respect your foreign policy positions, I hate how you divided the country. I don’t need or want your help. You do not have the ability to pull US together. You may even win the next election. But your generation’s time is running out. Tell your son to stop tweeting about me. Your whole family knows nothing about US or our sacrifices. I could never work with you. I’d rather sit in jail and be released with a dishonorable than make compromises in my beliefs.
. . . The following day, Scheller clarified that he did not mean to say that former President Trump divided the nation himself, only that he “is incapable of bringing us back together”:
I’ve had such a strong reaction to my comments against President Trump I felt a follow up clarification was required. No, President Trump didn’t divide the country. But President Trump, in my humble opinion, is incapable of bringing us back together. Did he expose the corruption in the DOJ, media, and other places…yes. Was he the right person to expose the corruption at that time… maybe. Is he honest, accountable, and full of integrity… no. Would I want to work for a leader like that… no. I want a leader that will bring US together. Someone who has the courage to defend our country when called. My sons deserve that type of leader running the country in the future. That type of person is the only leader who I want in my corner. I respect all opinions. I’m not asking you to agree with me, but to at least consider my perspective. Much love.
. . . Regardless of Scheller’s views on former President Trump, Republicans and Trump supporters have continued to support him and call for his release.
Last week, some commenters were critical of Scheller’s going outside the chain of command to protest the actions of his superior officers, all they way up to the alleged commander-in-chief, insofar as it violated his oath. While technically this is true, the situation is such that we have an illegitimate c-in-c installed by way of a stolen election who, along with the JCS and far too many flag and junior officers committed, at least in my opinion, acts of gross negligence that constitute high treason in the way we literally bugged out of Afghanistan. The move to sabotage our fighting readiness by turning the military into a social experiment and indoctrinating troops to hate the country and the citizenry that they are supposed to be defending is a hanging offense in and of itself, but I digress.
Seen in that light, Scheller coming forward and voicing his opinion was an act of a patriot. This on the other hand is something else entirely. Look, I am in absolute awe of Donald J. Trump for what he did, what he tried to do and how he exposed the corruption and rot that ultimately even if everyone in the GOP and the administration were in lockstep with him could not overcome, let alone all by himself. That doesn’t mean I suffer from Trump Adoration Syndrome either. The man has his flaws, for sure. But to paraphrase a witness to Charles the First’s execution just as the axe came down, “that so flawed a man should be so great a president.”
Scheller writes in his first tweet before he got chucked in the brig:
“While I respect your foreign policy positions, I hate how you divided the country.”
How the fuck did Trump divide the country? Galvanizing a majority of people who saw the dangers of a cabal of elites leading them to national disaster is not division. That’s called leadership, sir. So, seeing that maybe he put his foot in his mouth, he tries to walk back the attack on Trump, and steps on a landmine.
“No, President Trump didn’t divide the country. But President Trump, in my humble opinion, is incapable of bringing us back together. Did he expose the corruption in the DOJ, media, and other places…yes. Was he the right person to expose the corruption at that time… maybe. Is he honest, accountable, and full of integrity… no.”
Lt. Col. Scheller, are you that lacking in self-awareness to not see that the reason you are in the position you are in right now – the freaking brig! – is because the people who Trump tried to neutralize and remove from power, the ones who fucked up Afghanistan and put you and your comrades in high-heels while training to fight global warming and “white supremacists” instead of filthy communists and Islamikazes are the same ones that are your gaolers?! Trump for sure has his flaws, as does every human who has ever lived. But the last thing you can accuse him of is lacking in honesty, accountability and integrity. If he did indeed lacked all of those, none of the corruption you praise him for exposing would have ever come to light in the first place.
As to “uniting the country,” the only way we are ever going to do that is to utterly defeat and destroy the Left. You cannot unite a country wherein one of two major political parties is the locus of a malignant campaign that has spent well over a century, with the help of enemies foreign and domestic, to subjugate the citizenry and eradicate the United States as founded. The only thing a leader at this point, be it Trump or whomever, is going to unite is whoever even has even a spark of Americanism to overcome the cancer that is this close to consuming us for good.
The very things that Scheller bitched about are the things that Trump did everything he could in his power to prevent. And yet Scheller attacks Trump? About the only mitigating reason I can think of for him to put these communiques out is because he has a figurative, and perhaps literal, gun to his head. Look, we can try to argue the merits of the Trump plan to withdraw from Afghanistan and what its consequences might have been, but it’s academic. We’ll never know what might have been but we sure as hell know what did happen and who brought it about.
I’ve wasted enough pixels on this guy but it just illustrates my frustration with getting behind people who you think have leadership potential in the cause only to have them stab you in the back. Donald Trump is far from perfect. But Donald Trump is a patriot, Lt. Col Scheller. I thought you were as well, and I admire what you did in standing up to the filthy traitors who sold us down the river and wasted our blood and treasure in that g-d forsaken shithole of Afghanistan. You, sir, are way out of line in attacking the one person who is about as close to blameless in this entire affair as you can get. Worse, it’s a grave disservice to the rest of us trying to “unite the country.” That is, the country that used to be known as the United States of America. That country has been all but subsumed by nefarious people and institutions that have had a hard-on to destroy it for generations.
You cannot unite what is in effect matter and anti-matter. You are either with us or with the terrorists, Lt. Col. Scheller.