"...do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

"For the good of the Air Force, for the good of the armed services and for the good of our country, I urge you to reject convention and careerism..."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Maxwell AFB, April 21, 2008

"You will need to challenge conventional wisdom and call things like you see them to subordinates and superiors alike."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, United States Air Force Academy, March 4, 2011

Sunday, August 29, 2021

We Need More Like Lt Col Stuart Scheller


Excellent comments by this (now former) Marine Battalion Commander.   In the video above the Marine expresses our military's greatest failing, which is producing "leaders" who don't care about their country or their oath of office, but merely about promotion and career.  Careerism kills nations.  The Marine is right that the debacle in Afghanistan (to say nothing of Iraq) should have resulted in those in the highest offices of the military vocally speaking out and even resigning over the incredibly damaging corporate-military escapades in the middle east.  And now with yet another incredibly costly failing by the U.S. military, there should be accountability.  But there won't be.

It's unfortunate that men like this Marine will leave the military.  This Marine has resigned his commission just shy of a retirement within his grasp after nearly two decades of war.  And we the American people will be left with idiots and yes men not only in top positions who mirror their corrupt political handlers, but also in the rank and file who mouth their oaths of office and wouldn't know the terms principle or moral courage if it weren't for some poster in a hallway.  Our military has been destroyed, not just by the dumb who have no business in any position of authority, but more often by the intelligent who lack character and are more likely to climb the ladder.

Morons in the ranks are still a danger to the military, they lack foresight necessitating hindsight & make idiotic statements like "I tell ya where the airline went wrong, it hired Chuck Yeager as a pilot!"

Our military will continue to be overly populated, and almost exclusively led, by morons and cowards.  And America cannot survive in such a situation.  And that is why she has been dying and is nearly gone.  That being the case, still good on this Marine.  Thank you for your service, sir, and I'm sorry our nation has not been more deserving of it.


  1. Interesting. It's difficult to locate your moral basis. I've seen you trash people who exhibit the same behavior as this Marine. It seems like you also want them to be aligned to your ideology ... or maybe I missed your blog articles celebrating those who spoke out during the Trump Administration. This guy did a good thing in the first instance, but turned it into a not so good thing by skimming the surface of insurrection in his follow-on posts, and then making a mockery of himself with his Michael Scott "you have no idea how high I can fly" closing statement. You should be more balanced in your analysis because you are too smart for this.

    1. Out of curiosity, can you give me an example of me trashing somebody who exhibited the same behavior as this Marine? It is true I want military officers to be aligned with "my" "ideology" insomuch as that ideology is a respect for our Constitution and the principle of government for the people and by the people. If you think me not defending or celebrating military officers who platform anti-American ideas makes me not balanced that is fine. I don't seek balance.

      Your allegation that he skimmed the surface of "insurrection" leads me to believe you among the Marxist, Woke, SJW crowd, Mr. Anonymous. There was nothing in this Marine's comments (I assume you are referring to this video: https://youtu.be/Lj4RHa0G1Bk) that approaches insurrection although that word is bandied about with the same propaganda approach as words like "white supremacist" and "racist" and such today. I'll agree his latest video is a bit on the cheese side and it's clear he's trying to use this moment as a political springboard of some kind which is always cringe, but you should put down the phone and reconsider calling the FBI and Team America on the guy. He's not an insurrectionist unless you employ the new propaganda approach where that word simply means protesting or saying something you don't agree with, of course.