December 12, 2014 - Britain’s deputy prime minister has called for the publication of the 2003 Iraq war inquiry to be brought forward, amid fears that more setbacks will mean the report will be delayed until after the May 2015 general election.
Speaking to LBC radio, Nick Clegg said delays were “not fair on the relatives” of those who died fighting in Iraq, and that he would be “very disappointed” if the Chilcot inquiry report was not released before polling day in May.
“It is absolutely not fair on those people, who lost sons and daughters and loved ones in that conflict, that they’re still having to wait to understand how that fateful and in my view utterly wrong decision [to go to war] was taken in the first place,” the Deputy PM said.
The final piece of witness evidence was collected three years ago in 2011, but the delay in publication is due to the process of ‘Maxwellisation’, where individuals who have been criticized in an official government document are given the chance to defend themselves. read more>>>
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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."
"And when you add up to the Department of Defense, Department of State, CIA, Veterans Affairs, interest on debt, the number that strikes me the most about how much we're committed financially to these wars and to our current policies is we have spent $250 billion already just on interest payments on the debt we've incurred for the Iraq and Afghan wars." 26 September 2014
Chris Hayes MSNBC: "If you can run a deficit to go to war, you can run a deficit to take care of the people who fought it" In response to Republican opposition to expanding Veterans' benefits on fiscal grounds
Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from, including the long ignored or outright denied existence of, till this Administrations Cabinet and Gen Shinseki, only Government branch consistent for the past six years, issues! As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded, VA budget is still borrowed thus added, problem creating, costs that shouldn't exist!