This letter is very hard for me to write because I am not one to write things down, I'm more of a man that speaks from the heart. As I taught my three sons growing up, a man is most sincere when he speaks from the heart.
I am extremely sad, devastated and broken not just for what has been done to me, but what is being done to this country. I believe, as my son did, his joining the Marine Corp. was a positive thing for himself and for this country. If he would have lost his life in combat it would have devastated me. However, I would have been forced to accept it, but at no time will I be able to accept the fact that he was executed on his own base by an Afghani trainee armed with an AK-47, provided by OUR tax dollars.
As I write this, all I can think about is walking my son to the school bus on the first day. As I put him on the bus he said to me. "Are you going to be here when I come back?" I replied, "I will always be here for you." Those are the words that I repeat in my head, and that is why I can never let this go.
As one father to another I beg you to please allow these young men and women to come home to their families and friends and to a country that loves and respects them. They should not be used as pawns, or be executed by people that do not respect any of our values. The foundation of The United States is liberty and justice for all!! Where is the justice for the 50 soldiers that have lost their lives in the green on blue attacks this past year?
Why are you giving billions of dollars to countries that do not respect and appreciate us and our flag, the very flag my son lost his life for? I am extremely disheartened when I see the laughter on your face on talk shows or at fund raisers, or even playing basketball on the streets of New York.
Your main goal as president should be first and foremost: cut off all financial aid to countries that would allow our American flag to be burned. I am not a man of hate, but at the end of the day, I am a man that speaks the truth. At no time did any family ever receive a phone call or an apology from Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai for allowing one of his own police officers to execute my son and his fellow soldiers. At no time did any of us receive a phone call from you, either.
As an American I am horrified and disgusted that your solution to these insider attacks is to ask our soldiers to be more courteous and polite to these murderers. We should give them what they want and leave their country immediately.
Afghanis or any other immigrants that live in the United States should be respected as long as they respect us. Our military should be used to help countries that truly want and need our help, they should be safe-guarding our borders so we do not have to walk around in our own country on pins and needles.
Please tell the foreign people that are here now to open up their hearts and arms and embrace us and we will embrace them, but if they cannot be a positive force in our great country, the way immigrants have been before them, they should return to their own native land.
My son was a proud and brave Marine, a loving son and most importantly a loving brother. All Greg wanted was for everyone to love and respect each other and live in peace.
You have the power to see that my son, Lance Corporal Greg Buckley, and the 2,000 other United States soldiers who have died these past 11 years in Afghanistan did not die in vain. I'm begging you, in the name of my son Greg Jr., to bring our troops home NOW!
Gregory Buckley Sr.