Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller Faces Court Martial for Criticizing Afghan Pullout on Facebook

A Marine Corps veteran is being charged for criticizing the U.S. removal from Afghanistan which was orchestrated by the Biden Administration.

On Wednesday, Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Scheller was brought up on charges of allegedly violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice to court-martial. Scheller also faces six additional charges which include contempt toward officials; disrespect toward superior commissioned officers; willfully disobeying a superior commissioned officer; failure to obey orders; dereliction of duty; and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman, according to a spokesman for Training and Education Command.

These charges come as Scheller, a 17-year Marine Corps veteran was relieved of his respective duties in August after a Facebook video surfaced and showed Scheller being critical of the U.S. removal from Afghanistan.

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Scheller was also released from a military brig on October 5 at North Carolina's Camp Lejeune for violating a gag order that prevented him from posting on social media. He was released after spending eight days at the camp.

Last week, 12 Republican House members sent a letter to the U.S. Marine Corps requesting that Scheller's case receive an expedited review. The reasoning behind the inquiry was because the House members believed that Scheller's confinement "appears to be simply for messaging, retribution, and convenience."

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A Marine Corps veteran is being charged for criticizing the U.S.'s removal from Afghanistan which was orchestrated by the Biden Administration. Pictured above are U.S. Military patches. Getty Images

America's exit from Afghanistan has received a lot of criticism from Republican figures, including U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin and former President Donald Trump. Both politicians have condemned the Biden administration for its handling of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

On September 13, Zeldin called for the resignation of Secretary of State Antony Blinken over his role in the Afghanistan withdrawal.

"The administration should not have been lying and misleading the American public like when the White House press secretary is standing out there to the press, the American public and saying that Americans aren't stranded even though we all know that they are," said Zeldin.

In September, Trump said that the withdrawal has "emboldened" the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.

"Our Country is far more susceptible to attack by outside terrorist groups than ever before," said the former president. "This loss emboldens not only foreign terrorists but also Antifa and BLM."

Newsweek has reached out to the U.S. Marine Corps for further comments.