If you want to take a measure of the Biden administration’s priorities, and how ruthlessly partisan it has become, you need look no further than how they handled the firing of two government employees.
Ruling On The Firing Of Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller
First, we will look at how an officer with nearly twenty years’ service was not just drummed out of the military, but thrown in the brig in solitary confinement. What was his offense?
He asked publicly whether anyone at the upper levels would be held accountable for the catastrophic failures in Afghanistan that led to the collapse of the government, thousands of terrorists being released from Bagram prison. Those newly-freed terrorists included the punk responsible for the suicide bombing that wounded and killed a staggering number of Afghanis, besides the Americans wounded and the 13 who came home in a box draped with a flag.
Not only that, but an unknown number of Americans and Green Card holders were stranded behind enemy lines with no easy possibility of escape. The drone that took out a family and an aid worker was proudly described as a ‘righteous strike’ by these same top brass. But nobody paid a price for these failures, and nobody resigned in protest.
Scheller first made waves on Aug. 26 when he posted a video to social media in which he argued that military leaders had not been held accountable for mistakes they made during the Afghanistan withdrawal. The video was posted the same day that 11 Marines, one Navy corpsman, and an Army special operator were killed in an attack on the Hamid Karzai International Airport. In the video, Scheller said that he had a “personal relationship” with one of the fallen service members but did not specify whom.
“I’m not saying we’ve got to be in Afghanistan forever, but I am saying: Did any of you throw your rank on the table and say ‘hey, it’s a bad idea to evacuate Bagram Airfield, a strategic airbase, before we evacuate everyone,’” Scheller said in the video, which was shared to both Facebook and LinkedIn.
“Did anyone do that? And when you didn’t think to do that, did anyone raise their hand and say ‘we completely messed this up.’” —TaskAndPurpose
He knew that speaking out would probably cost him his job… and his pension. But he did it anyway. He offered his resignation which would have been effective in the first part of September. Instead, he was put on trial, and held in the brig after violating a gag order.
Whatever one might say about the particulars of Scheller’s insubordination, he was critical of the administration and was made to pay a very public price for it. The rhetoric he used in his subsequent social media did not help his case any, especially with Biden so quick to demonize everyone he doesn’t like as an ‘insurrectionist’.
Defiant Marine Lt Col Stuart Scheller has been ordered to receive a letter of reprimand and to forfeit $5,000 in pay over his blistering online attacks on generals he blamed for the deadly and chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Scheller, 40 stood rigidly in his uniform and showed no emotion as Judge Colonel Glen Hines read out his decision – after praising the 17-year veteran’s previously ‘outstanding’ service record.
…In sentencing on day two of the special hearing, the judge formally told Scheller he would be docked $5,000 pay for one month and would be reprimanded.
And he made the point of saying Scheller had only escaped a further $5,000 second month penalty because he had spent nine days in the brig, the Marine’s jail. — DailyMail
Under Biden, the top brass who oversee a catastrophic failure in leaving Afghanistan get a complete pass and praise for a ‘job well done’, while officers like LTC Scheller have the book thrown at them for speaking out about it.
That’s only the prelude to the firings that are coming when quite a number of career military refuse to take the jab.
Compare that to how someone who was fired with cause for abusing his power to hurt Republicans was treated.
Ruling On The Firing Of Disgraced FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe
In February of 2017, McCabe signed off on the unjustified 4th FISA warrant against Carter Page — which, by extension, allowed the illicit surveillance of Donald Trump.
McCabe knew, or ought to have known, that the Steele Dossier brought against Trump had not been vetted, and ought not to have been taken seriously especially against a duly-elected President.
McCabe and Comey worked to deliberately undermine the duly-elected President in the application of his legitimate powers… usurping them to advance private political agendas, including the attempted personal destruction of an innocent man, General Flynn.
He was fired with cause which cost him his pension. But now, all of that has been washed away because Trump is Orange Man Bad, and certain kinds of insurrection are perfectly ok… so long as they undermine the right political party and push the Left.
Here’s McCabe in a TV appearance with Anderson Cooper:
“It is both an incredible relief, it’s satisfying, but it’s also kind of sad,” he said. “I mean, this should never have happened. My family should never have had to go through this.”
McCabe, who served as deputy director under James Comey, the FBI director fired by Mr. Trump, had advocated for the appointment of the special counsel to deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein after Comey was fired.
McCabe was fired ahead of the release of a Justice Department inspector general report that alleged he lied under oath three times about sharing information with the media about the agency’s investigation into the Clinton Foundation. — CBS
Here’s how The Hill reported it at the time.
The Department of Justice’s inspector general concluded that fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe made a leak to the media “designed to advance his personal interests at the expense of Department leadership,” according to a copy of the report obtained by The Hill.
The report from Inspector General Michael Horowitz makes the case that McCabe authorized disclosures to the media that were designed to combat the perception that he had a conflict of interest in overseeing dual FBI investigations related to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“We concluded that McCabe’s decision to confirm the existence of the [Clinton Foundation] Investigation through an anonymously sourced quote, recounting the content of a phone call with a senior Department official in a manner designed to advance his personal interests at the expense of Department leadership, was clearly not within the public interest exception,” Horowitz wrote.
So this corrupt snake gets his pension back, has his record expunged, and gets invited to all the posh parties in DC despite weaponizing his political position against political enemies.
All while a Lt. Col gets thown to the wolves simply for thinking that the men over him should be held to the same standard of accountability for failures in the missions THEY oversee as someone like Scheller would be held to for failures within missions HE would oversee.
In this administration, the buck never stops at the top.
Why would it? There’s always someone beneath them to be thrown under the bus.