Chilcot Inquiry into Britain’s role in Iraq War is to publish its report. Can PM make it work for him?
22 Sep 2014 - After much wrangling about what can and cannot be published of the personal correspondence between Tony Blair and George W Bush, I understand the report of the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War will at last be released in February 2015.
Around now, the ‘Salmon’ letters [see footnote] should be going out, giving official notice to those who are to be criticised in the Chilcot report.
These are believed to include former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair and his then Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, and a number of officials, advisers and commanders.
Though David Cameron voted in Parliament for the 2003 allied invasion of Iraq, it appears the PM believes that the publication of the report so close to the general election in May will do him and his party no real harm – that those who will suffer will be his foes on the Labour benches and in the military establishment. read more>>>
The Royal United Services Institute said the UK could face a bill of nearly £65bn, once the cost of long-term care for injured veterans was factored in, with most of the money was spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The study, called Wars in Peace, said both conflicts were largely “strategic failures” for the UK, The Guardian reported."