Sunday evening I had the great honor of receiving the Patriot of the Year Award before a packed house of well over 200 people at the nation’s oldest Republican Club, the Queens Village Republican Club. I received a beautiful plaque that also featured a clock, which I thought apropos in light of our AFDI pro-freedom ads that just ran on 240 clocks throughout the New York subway system, and a citation from the New York City Council recognizing me as Patriot of the Year.
The event was illuminating in many ways. One speaker insistently emphasized that all religions teach the same core values, and another heralded our “nation building” efforts in Afghanistan. But then something happened that showed all that up as the politically correct nonsense that it is: the club presented a Supreme Sacrifice award to the family of Lance Cpl. Greg Buckley Jr., who was murdered by one of our Afghan “allies” while working out in the base gym after a long day of work “nation building” among those allies in Afghanistan. Cpl. Buckley’s father spoke with heart-rending intensity, his voice breaking, about his love for his son, and revealed what his son had told him before he was killed: that the Afghans were not like Americans. They were cold-hearted; they had no gratitude for the Americans no matter now much the Americans did for them; and – most wrenching of all – that he didn’t think he was going to get out of Afghanistan alive.
Cpl. Buckley was murdered two days before he was scheduled to have come home. An Afghan police captain handed his weapon to his “t-boy,” his 19-year-old male companion who had followed him everywhere and done his bidding (in all things) for at least seven years. The Americans, including Cpl. Buckley, were unarmed: they were not permitted to carry weapons on the base, lest they antagonize our Afghan “allies.” The Afghans, in contrast, strutted around with AK-47s. The t-boy used his to shoot Cpl. Buckley in the chest and murder several other Americans before he was subdued.
Buckley’s father found all this out on his own, because our military wouldn’t investigate. He discovered the serial number of the AK-47, tracing it to the Afghan captain, and asked American authorities to arrest and prosecute him. The Americans did nothing. The murderer walked free; to have apprehended him would have again offended our Afghan “allies.” Buckley’s father demanded justice. And he deserves justice. But he has been met with silence.
I wish I could say that I listened to this grieving, weeping father (a tough guy) in amazement, just as most in the audience did. But I was not amazed. This is what I have been warning against for years. The story of Lance Cpl. Buckley is a horrific illustration of exactly why the Obama administration is so wrong, and so criminal, to ignore and obfuscate and deny the reality of jihad and the truth about Islam. Our Afghan policy is based on the core assumption that Islam is peace and that the Afghans are grateful for our “nation building” and happy to help us. Anyone who dares to suggest that the Afghans view us as filthy kuffar who need to be killed, converted to Islam, or subjugated is denounced as a racistislamophobicantimuslimbigot. But what it really amounts to is putting a deadly American-made weapon into the hands of an enemy whose sole objective is to destroy our very way of life and kill anyone who gets in the way of that jihadi objective.
Cpl. Buckley’s death shows that our official stance on Islam is not true. And that it is dangerous and evil, and is putting our American troops in harm’s way needlessly and wantonly. If Cpl. Buckley had gone into Afghanistan with realistic rules of engagement and armed with an honest exposition of the reality of Islam, he would never have been unarmed in the presence of AK-wielding jihadists. His commanding officers wouldn’t have dared to command him to do such a thing. They wouldn’t have been pretending that these jihadists were our allies in the first place. And they would not be pouring American blood and treasure into a futile and self-defeating attempt at “nation building” among people who will never respect, never accept, and never be grateful for the supreme sacrifices of heroes like Cpl. Buckley and so many others like him.
Cpl. Buckley’s family deserves justice. There should be a full congressional investigation into his death, and into why his murderer was not prosecuted. Immediate action should be taken so that there are no more Americans who are sacrificed to our national denial about the reality of jihad. The mission in Afghanistan is a useless exercise in politically correct fantasy. It has to stop. It has to end. Doesn’t anyone in Washington love America anymore? It’s time, it’s long past time, to tell the truth about Islam, to teach it to our soldiers and to realign our foreign policy in light of reality, however unpleasant. To do anything less would be national suicide.
Say what you want about George W. Bush, but he consoled every family that lost a loved one fighting for our freedom. The Buckley family, on the other hand, has been met with a wall of silence from the Obama administration that mirrors the cold-bloodedness of Cpl. Buckley’s killer. His murder is exactly like the Fort Hood jihad killer’s murder of 13 Americans. From Texas to Afghanistan, jihad is jihad – not “workplace violence.” Both at Fort Hood and in Afghanistan, American soldiers had to disarm. How low is the standing of America that the cold-blooded murderer of one of our soldiers is released? He is free? Based on what? Based on the Shariah. The U.S. military is acquiescing to the most brutal and extreme ideology on the face of the earth – and the silence of the enemedia on this murder and all the other green-on-blue murders is adherence to the Shariah as well.
Call your congressman. Call your senators. Demand justice. Greg Buckley is your son. He’s my son. This cannot stand.