Marine leader quits after murder of service members in Afghanistan, vows to ‘bring the whole f*cking system down’

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- On Sunday, August 29th, Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller announced in a video that he was resigning his commission as a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps following being fired as a battalion commander for asking for accountability from his senior leadership on the botched Afghanistan withdrawal. 

In his original video, posted Thursday, August 26th, after the deaths of 13 U.S. service members, including one he knew personally, he said:

“I want to say this very strongly. I have been fighting for 17 years. I am willing to throw it all away to say to my senior leaders I demand accountability.”

He wanted to explain why so many service members were frustrated in the wake of the terror attack on U.S. forces in Kabul. He said:

“The reason people are so upset on social media right now is not because the Marine on the battlefield let someone down … people are upset because their senior leaders let them down and none of them are raising their hands and accepting accountability or saying, ‘We messed this up.'”

After the enormous outpouring of support and debate over his initial video, he announced in his video on the 29th that he was resigning his commission as an officer in the Marine Corps, just short of 20 years, which is needed to be eligible for lifelong retirement and medical benefits. He said:

“I want to make the announcement today, after 17 years, I am currently not pending legal action and I can stay in the Marine Corps for another three years, but I don’t think that’s the path I’m on. I’m resigning my commission as a United States Marine effective now.

I’m sure there’s some [Marine Administrative Message] on how I’m supposed to do that and I’ll work through that, but I am forfeiting my retirement all entitlements. I don’t want a single dollar. I don’t want any money from the VA.”

He added:

“I don’t want any VA benefits. I’m sure I’m entitled to a hundred percent. I, you know, breathe on the smell and smoke of burning (expletive) for years. I don’t want any of it. All I asked for was accountability of my senior leaders. When there are clear, obvious mistakes that were made, I’m not saying we can take back what has been done.

All I asked for was accountability for people to comment on what I said and to say, ‘Yes, some mistakes were made’ and had they done that, I wouldn’t have gone back into rank and file, submitted and accomplished what I wanted the morning after I posted my video and I came into work, my boss came in and he asked me, ‘What were you trying to accomplish.'”

He continued:

“And that was a very tough question for me and my response was I want senior leaders to accept accountability. I think them accepting accountability would do more for service members and PTSD and struggling with purpose than any other transparent piece of paper or message. And I haven’t received that.”

He stated:

“For the over $2 million that I would potentially receive in retirement for the rest of my life, for the however much extra the disability would be, I think that money should go back to all the senior general officers because I think they need it more than I do because when I am done with what I’m about to do, you all are going to need the jobs and the security.”

The Marine added:

“I want to be clear that I love the Marine Corps. I think you know, there’s been a fascination with special forces over the last 15 years, special forces people that come in in the middle of the night and they killed the biggest targets that the United States has. And I have much respect.

I worked in [Marine Special Operations Command] for a year, but what I’ll say is the conventional Marine on the ground who has to smell burning (expletive).

Who, when I was in Ramadi, I was exposed to it so much that burning (expletive) actually smelt like bacon and eggs and I grew to enjoy the smell.”

He said:

“Those people who are there every day, don’t get to leave the next morning or in the middle of the night, who go outside the wire, get blown up, bring their Marine back and then go back out there the next day. They don’t get the credit they deserve and they deserve accountability.”

He concluded by saying:

“You have no idea what I’m capable of doing. To all the congressman, senators, every media station across the globe, to all the rich philanthropists, I appreciate the support and I’m going to need your support … I don’t need a single dollar.

I just need every single person that’s willing to go back outside the wire every single day to wear a blue collar and just go into work every single day and feed their families, those are the people that I need. Follow me and we will bring the whole (expletive) system down. I am honorable. You can ask any Marine who served with me for 17 years. I dare you to ask them all and find out what I’m made of. We’re just getting started.”

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Fallen hero: 22-year-old U.S. Marine Hunter Lopez, son of two cops, killed in Kabul terrorist attacks

August 29th, 2021

LOS ANGELES, CA- According to reports, a second Southern California native has been identified as one of the 13 U.S. service-members killed in a suicide bombing terrorist attack outside Kabul’s national airport in Afghanistan on Thursday, August 26th.

U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Hunter Lopez, the son of Riverside Deputy Sheriff Alicia Lopez and Riverside Sheriff’s Captain Herman Lopez, was killed in action while stationed at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul during the U.S. led evacuation effort.

In a statement on Friday, August 27th, the Riverside Sheriff’s Association wrote:

“We are heartbroken to hear this sad news about Hunter, who chose to follow a life of service, selflessness, courage and sacrifice, like his parents.”

Lopez was a Riverside Sheriff’s Explorer Scout with the Palm Desert Station from September 2014 to August 2017. 

He joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines. Lopez, who was 22-years-old at the time of his death, planned on becoming a Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy after returning from his current deployment.

Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco wrote on Facebook:

“I am unbelievably saddened and heartbroken for the Lopez family as they grieve over the loss of their American hero. Our entire department is mourning this tragic loss. The Lopez family exemplifies the meaning of Service Above Self.”

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Kareem Mae’Lee Grant Nikoui of Norco, was also identified as one of the victims from the terrorist attack in Kabul. Kareem’s father, Steve Nikoui, criticized the sloppy execution of the U.S. evacuation and claimed his son and his fellow service members were caught in a “turkey shoot.” He said:

“Basically, it funneled into like a single-file type of entry point at which, you know, if you have any sort of chaos of any sort, they would all gather to that one funneled area in which they would all be susceptible and I think that’s exactly what happened. It was just basically so chaotic and not really planned out. Now, I’m a carpenter and even I could spot that with my untrained military eye.”

In a separate interview with the Daily Beast, the elder Nikoui was more blunt, saying U.S. officials “sent my son over there as a paper pusher and then had the Taliban outside providing security.” He added:

“I blame my own military leaders … Biden turned his back on him. That’s it.”

The bombing on August 26th, was one of the deadliest days in the two-decade Afghan war. Officials said the number of Afghans killed rose to 169, one of the country’s highest death tolls in a terror attack. The U.S. said it was the most lethal day for American forces in Afghanistan since 2011. 

In their statement, the Riverside Sheriff’s Association wrote:

“Hunter was the victim of vicious evil and was killed because he wore a United States Marine uniform with love and pride. Our entire community feels anguish and we mourn the death of Hunter, who answered the call to serve, defend, and protect our nation.”

The statement added:

“Like his parents who serve our community, being a Marine to Hunter wasn’t a job; it was a calling. He loved his family and as we grieve for Hunter and his fellow Marines taken from us too soon, there are simply no words to express how deeply he will be missed.”

On Saturday, August 28th, the identities of all 13 U.S. service members who were killed by an ISIS-K suicide bomber were released by the U.S. Marines. Maj. Jim Stenger, a Marine Corps spokesperson told the New York Post in an email:

“We continue to mourn the loss of these Marines and pray for their families. Our focus now is taking care of the families who were killed and caring for our injured.”

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Rep. Waltz: “We are on the cusp of facing the largest mass hostage situation in American history”

August 27th, 2021

During a recent appearance on Newsmax’s “Wake Up America”, Republican Rep. Michael Waltz expressed serious concerns over President Joe Biden’s refusal to extend the evacuation deadline in Afghanistan, saying “We are on the cusp of facing the largest mass hostage situation in American history.”

The Afghanistan evacuation deadline is drawing closer, with August 31st being mere days away, and Rep. Waltz says that there are still Americans abroad that are unable to get through the Kabul airport:

“The reality with what’s happening on the ground is also outrageous. I and others were up all night, along with my team, trying to help American citizens get through Taliban and American lines, and they were turned away. These are U.S. passport holders and their families that aren’t getting through.”

Rep. Waltz scoffed at the framing coming from the White House regarding evacuation efforts, saying:

“Yet, we see these press briefings where everything’s going fine, and we’re going to be mission accomplished, and we’re going to get out of here by August 31. It’s a bunch of garbage.”

The Florida representative says that if the United States cannot extricate all American citizens from Afghanistan by the August 31st deadline, then the Taliban will undoubtedly use each and every American “left behind” as leverage to achieve whatever their desires or goals may be:

“We are on the cusp of facing the largest mass hostage situation in American history. This is going to make 1979 in Tehran look like a sleepover because anything the Taliban wants going forward — money, recognition, support all they have to do is go down the street and grab an American that was left behind by Joe Biden.”

Lt. Col. Omar Hamada, M.D., a former special forces flight surgeon, recently spoke with Fox News about the Taliban’s growing power in Afghanistan, saying that they’ll likely “own the entire country” by August 29th: 

“It’s pretty devastating. All American forces are currently being moved out and Kabul airport is being evacuated as we speak. We’re conceding.”

“The Taliban will own the entire country by Sunday. We are probably going to be out of there before the deadline of the 31st and in doing so, we will be leaving many Americans and allies in country.”

Another concern are reports circulating that officials within President Biden’s administration may have handed over a list of names of Americans in Afghanistan to the Taliban, a matter that President Biden couldn’t deny occurred

“There have been occasions where our military has contacted their military counterparts in the Taliban and said this bus is coming through…made up of the following group…let it through. Yes, there have been occasions like that.”

President Biden’s comments on the reports of lists of Americans handed over to the Taliban came mere hours after 13 U.S. service members were killed in a suicide bombing carried out by ISIS-K outside the airport in Kabul. 

Like many others have opined, Lt. Col. Hamada rhetorically asked what sort of “logical government” hands over a list of names to the enemy:

“What logical government gives their enemy a list of people who are loyal to them? I mean, it’s a target list. It’s not in any way I think gonna be used to evacuate Americans…that’s treachery and treasonous.”

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Biden admits terrorists ‘may seek to exploit the situation’ in Afghanistan

(Originally published August 24th, 2021)

WASHINGTON, DC – President Biden refused to give details on the U.S. plan for evacuations ongoing in Afghanistan, citing a risk that “terrorists may seek to exploit” the chaos if the United States does not leave the country soon.

In a televised speech from the White House Sunday evening, Biden said U.S. forces were communicating and coordinating with Americans in Kabul, working to get them to Hamid Karzai International Airport for evacuation.

He also said that forces have increased the perimeter around the airport to make it easier for people to arrive at the site safely. He refused to go into detail, but again insisted that any American who wanted to leave could do so:

“Our first priority in Kabul is getting American citizens out of the country as quickly and as safely as possible. But I will say again today what I’ve said before — any American who wants to get home will get home.”

The President then admitted that terrorists were a concern inside the country, including ISIS-K, an off-shoot of the ISIS caliphate that was destroyed in Iraq and Syria.

As the United States struggles to evacuate Americans and Afghans who aided the U.S. military during the war, an operation that has deteriorated into panic and chaos, the President spoke to the American people about the risk of terrorists inside Afghanistan:

“We know that terrorists may seek to exploit the situation. We’re under no illusions about the threat.

“We are maintaining the constant vigilance to monitor and disrupt threats from any source, including the likely source being ISIS-K, the Afghan affiliate referred to as ISIS-K.

But every day we have troops on the ground. These troops and innocent civilians at the airport face the risk of attack from ISIS-K at a distance, even though we are moving back the perimeter significantly.”

Since the President ordered the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan, the country has fallen into chaos as the Taliban took hold of power faster than Americans expected. As the evacuation began to look more like a retreat, the Taliban declared victory over American and has begun re-instituting Sharia law.

Americans have been harassed and assaulted making their way to the airport to be flown out of the country, and many Afghans who worked for the U.S. as interpreters and other support staff have been left behind.

Despite the operational failures, President Biden praised the progress of evacuations during his comments:

“I’ve continued to make progress since I spoke to you on Friday. We have moved thousands of people each day by U.S. military aircraft and civilian charter flights.

“A little over 30 hours – in a little over 30 hours this weekend, we’ve evacuated an extraordinary number of people, as I will detail in a minute: about 11,000 individuals. That number will change day to day as the air and ground operations in Kabul vary.”

Former Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized the withdrawal from Afghanistan, saying “it did not have to be this way.” He oversaw President Trump’s plan for withdrawal, which Biden rejected when he came into office.

Pompeo said the military should have been the last out of the country:

“So, President Trump had made clear in his campaign, he wanted to get our young men and women home as quickly as he could. We were striving to achieve that.

“He also made very, clear both when I was CIA director, but more directly to me when I was the Secretary of State, that we had a second objective—and that was to make sure we could do so in a way that was orderly, that got equipment home, that got American civilians out, and then protected our second objective there, which was to continue to be able to reduce the risk that we ever had an attack on the homeland from that place.”

Pompeo said the failed withdrawal could increase the risk of terrorism as Afghanistan provides ungoverned space for training camps:

“We shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that this terror threat is a global risk—we have to make sure we confront it, not just in Afghanistan, but every place we find it.

So, I do think if we get that piece wrong, and it appears that the collapse of the Afghan military because of the poor decision-making and planning of the Biden administration…

“It absolutely increases the risk of that whether it’s a month or six months or a year from now—that radical Islamic terrorists will have an ungoverned space in which to begin to plan and plot.

And it will be even more difficult than it needed to be to measure these plots and make sure we’re able to interdict them or take them down before they’re able to strike.”

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Embarrassing: Taliban threatens Biden, warns of ‘consequences’ if we stay past Aug. 31 deadline

(Originally published August 23rd, 2021)

The following contains editorial content which is the opinion of the author.

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN- There’s an old saying—“Peace through superior firepower.” For Joe Biden, it’s peace through appeasement—at least until we get hit with another terrorist attack due to his incompetence.

Monday, a senior Taliban spokesman threatened the US and Britain, telling the U.K.’s Sky News there will be “consequences” if the two nations extend their military presence in Afghanistan past some bogus Aug. 31 “deadline,” Breitbart News reports.

Can you imagine what the consequences would have been if the Taliban had made such a threat to say, President Trump?

Or hell, even President Bush. Chances are, the Taliban would have had a nice ripe bunker busting bomb dropped on their ass. Likely more than one and perhaps a few cruise missiles for good measure.

Unfortunately, we have an incompetent coward in the White House.

Of course earlier this summer, Biden announced that all American troops would be withdrawn from Afghanistan by Aug. 31. Initially, Biden had announced a Sept. 11, 2021, end date, the 20th anniversary of course of the worst terrorist attack (with no apologies to Jan. 6 insurrection lunatics) in American history.

Former President Donald Trump had set an end date of May 1, however had significant benchmarks attached to that date. Trump had actually brokered a deal with the Taliban, however as has been reported there were significant stipulations attached to that date. In addition, Trump would not withdraw American military assets until all American citizens and Afghan collaborators were likewise taken to safety.

Biden however, decided to abandon Bagram Air Base, the largest military installation in Afghanistan which actually had two usable runways, unlike Kabul with has one.

Biden also removed all American air support, leaving the Afghan military with no air support, a vital part of the military protocols their army operated under. In addition, Biden removed logistical, intelligence, and maintenance support, leaving the Afghan military virtually defenseless.

Following Biden’s extension of the US military presence in the country which in essence voided the agreement Trump had made with the Taliban, they then set about going on a nationwide rampage to take provincial capitals across the country with the goal of overthrowing the government in Kabul.

That task became much easier when former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, reportedly with a boatload of cash.

The Taliban now controls much of the country, a bad look when we are less than three weeks from the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Reports say that the Taliban now controls more of Afghanistan than they did prior to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. According to Breitbart, they now control nearly all of the country except for a small pocket in north-central Panjsher province, which the Taliban claimed Monday was surrounded and would soon fall.

According to Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen in an interview with Sky News, he denied that the crowds attempting to reach the Kabul airport were in fear for their safety under Taliban rule.

Shaheen evidently went to the same school of spin as White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and Defense Department spokesman John Kirby, who make the old Iraqi spokesman Baghdad Bob seem truthful in comparison.

People attempting to flee the savage Taliban have resulted in human stampedes which have resulted in multiple deaths in and around the Kabul airport, including a two-year-old girl.

There have also been reports of people being killed by Taliban members, with eyewitnesses also reporting extensive violence against civilians on the part of the Taliban. These reports were confirmed last week by the Pentagon.

And now, the Taliban—primarily a group of ragtag third-world savages—are threatening what (at least used to be) the greatest military in the world, with Shaheen saying the Aug. 31 deadline was a “red line.”

“President Biden announced that on 31 August they would withdraw all their military forces. So if they extend it that means they are extending occupation while there is no need for that,” Shaheen said.

“If the US or UK were to seek additional time to continue evacuations—the answer is no. Or there would be consequences. It will create mistrust between us. If they are intent on continuing the occupation it will provoke a reaction.”

Not sure about anyone else, but frankly this is both infuriating—and embarrassing—at the same time. Third-world Neanderthals threatening a world superpower?

Of course, since they have billions of dollars of OUR military equipment, maybe they’re feeling a bit bold. Still, one has to believe if anyone else was president other than  Biden that a statement such as this wouldn’t go unanswered.

Shaheen didn’t say what those consequences would be on US and British assets in the event Biden reversed course and decided to stay in the country long enough to extract all Americans from there.

However in April, when Biden walked back the agreement Trump had made the Taliban issued an official statement in which they vowed to use “every necessary countermeasure” against the US for violating the agreement, suggesting an attack on US forces.

While the Taliban didn’t carry through on those threats at least initially, they did set about taking over nearly ever square mile of the country, which includes northern regions which it never controlled prior to the US and allied response to the 9/11 attacks.

The Afghan State Ministry for Peace said the Taliban launched some 22,000 attacks on Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF), the country’s military, just between April and July.

In an interview with ABC News last week, Biden told anchor George Stephanopoulos that he would look at extending US military presence in the country beyond the Aug. 31 deadline. After initially ordering troops out of the country, after the Taliban’s aggressive move on Kabul two weeks ago Biden had 6,000 troops redeployed to Afghanistan.

Stephanopoulos pressed Biden on whether or not he was “committed to making sure that the troops stay until every American who wants to be out is out,” to which Biden responded “yes.”

“The commitment holds to get everyone out that, in fact, we can get out and everyone that should come out,” Biden said, including not just Americans but also Afghan nationals who aided the U.S. government, “and that’s the objective. That’s what we’re doing now. That’s the path we’re on. And I think we’ll get there.”

When asked directly and specifically if the American people should expect to see American assets in Afghanistan past the withdrawal day, Biden replied “no.”

Shaheen dismissed the need for either American or British troops to stay in Afghanistan to support evacuations, claiming that the Taliban had repeatedly promised not to target Afghan collaborators with the West or foreign civilians, which he said should calm the country’s general population. Of course as we all know, the Taliban always keeps its word.

“I assure you it is not about being worried, or scared,” Shaheen told Sky News about thousands of people attempting to flee Kabul.

“[T]hat is a kind of economic migration because Afghanistan is a poor country and 70 percent of the people of Afghanistan live under the line of poverty, so everyone wants to resettle in Western countries to have a prosperous life. It is not about [being] scared.”

In true Baghdad Bob style, Shaheen also dismissed all the video, eyewitness and other extensive evidence showing Taliban thugs threatening and sometimes attacking those believed to have worked with either the former Afghan government or the US, calling it “fake news.”

Speaking to women’s rights, he said that “women are required to have the same rights as you have in your country [the United Kingdom] but with a hijab.”

In the past, the Taliban required women to wear burqas, a full body covering that doesn’t show the eyes. A hijab is a headscarf that covers hair.

“Now, women teachers have resumed work. Lost nothing. Female journalists they have resumed their work. Lost nothing,” Shaheen said.

However according to women journalists in Afghanistan, Shaheen’s claims are blatantly false.

“I wanted to return to work, but unfortunately they did not allow me to work. They told me that the regime has changed, and you cannot work,” Shabnam Khan Dawran, an anchor for Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA), said last week.

Beyond banning women from working, Dawran and other professional women in the country have denounced Taliban jihadists, claiming they are in fact preventing women from leaving their homes whatsoever.

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