- - Monday, September 6, 2021

Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller has shown intestinal fortitude in his decisions to speak out and then resign his commission as a Marine Corps officer (“Fired Marine officer doubles down on holding brass to account,” Web, Aug. 30).

The problem with our admirals and generals (flag officers) has been a work in progress for decades, if not longer. In order to get those stars, one has to play the game of being a risk-averse yes-man (“team player”) and not rocking the boat. That is why when World War II began, Gen. Marshall had to fire so many flag officers and leapfrog people like Patton and Eisenhower over them.

I cannot really blame our current flag officers. They would never have gotten past the rank of Lt. Col. Scheller had they been honest. Unfortunately, we have raised an entire generation of officers who are politically correct, and it will only get worse with the current emphasis on ideas such as critical race theory.

The other problem is that most of the political appointees and elected officials have no military experience. That explains why someone with Hunter Biden’s background became a naval officer and lasted less than six months.

Lastly, over the past 20 years our military and political leaders have often told our enemies our long- and short-term plans. That is not how you win wars. We even tell our foes how we accomplished our most secretive missions, which of course educates them on what they did wrong and how to thwart us in the future. It is like a football team sharing its playbook with the opposing team a week before the game.



Cmdr. WAYNE L. JOHNSON

Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy (retired)

Alexandria, Va.

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