The now-discharged Marine, previously locked in a brig in North Carolina after speaking out on the United States’ disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, told Fox Nation on Wednesday that Biden’s Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, shocked him by claiming COVID -19 is the greatest threat to the US Pentagon.
Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller Jr. told Tucker Carlson Today that previous comments from Austin led him to “stick my head up a wall” – after the Secretary of Defense claimed in a 2021 memo that it was “the greatest challenge facing us.” Nation “Security is the threat posed by COVID-19.”
In the memo, Austin pledged to âcontinue to act boldly and quickly to support federal government efforts to combat the disease, defend the armed forces against it, and work with our national and international partners to protect our nation from potential novel and deadly viruses Future.”
“[T]These challenges require us to make an aggressive effort to educate and educate people about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines and protective measures available, “wrote the former CENTCOM commander.
Scheller shared how Austin moved from a lucrative private-sector position on the board of directors of Massachusetts-based defense company Raytheon Technologies to Biden’s Pentagon boss.
“So he’s leaving the Raytheon board of directors and becoming Secretary of Defense – arguably the best job in the world,” he said. “He spends 100 days as Secretary of Defense – comes out and says, ‘I’ve been looking at the problem and the biggest problem the DOD is facing is COVID.'”
âI was ready to stick my head through a wall – it was like, ‘Are you kidding? The biggest threat is COVID? ‘ There are things that rot us from the ground up. Either you just don’t know or you are playing a political game, but it doesn’t matter because you are of no use to the junior service member if that is your diagnosis of the problem. “
Scheller said the military has many fundamental issues, including procurement and education, and the coronavirus is nowhere near top of that list.
In the past few months, the Biden administration has issued several vaccination mandates, including through the Pentagon. However, a Bush-appointed judge in Texas recently issued an injunction in favor of a group of Marines who could potentially be dismissed due to refused religious exemptions for the injections manufactured by Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, or Moderna.
The trouble for Scheller began after he posted videos on social media in August criticizing the Afghan exit. He pleaded guilty for six military law violations at the misdemeanor level on October 15 during a special court martial after spending nine days in Marine Corps Camp Lejeune jail in Jacksonville, NC. had spent
military Judge Col. Glen Hines condemned him a reprimand and a $ 5,000 fine – far less than the prosecutor’s recommendation of a $ 30,000 fine. The judge noted Scheller’s spotless 17-year record before the videos were released and said he “appeared to be someone in pain”.
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In a long Facebook post, Scheller sums up what he went through. When he returns to civilian life, he remains grateful for his military experience.
“I was discharged from the Marine Corps today, Thursday, December 23, 2021. I have mixed feelings. I would like to sincerely thank the Marine Corps for making me a man,” said Scheller. âAnd wholeheartedly I want to thank all of the Marines who have served, led, bled, and suffered with me over the past 17 years.
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Austin isn’t the first boss to be criticized for speaking out about threats to the military.
Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Mark A. Milley came under fire for testifying that “white anger” was a national crisis amid public objections to the Pentagon’s sudden focus on “wakefulness” in some ways in early 2021.
Back then, presenter Tucker Carlson called Milley “dishonest, incompetent, partisan and dishonorable”.