Although it is obvious Scheller was in violation of Marine code, his questions about senior officer accountability remain. Why, despite 20 years of deployments, deaths, and destruction “did we find ourselves running for the exits, leaving those who fought with us to the mercy of our erstwhile enemy?” The highest-ranking members of our military are treated with great respect under the assumption that they will take responsibility for their actions – good or bad. At what point is an objective like nation building in Afghanistan too lofty to continue risking American lives in good faith? The deaths resulting from last week’s airport bombing exemplified this debate.
The Crossroads of Special Operations