11 Jan 2015 - TOP Tory David Davis says the credibility of the longstanding Chilcot inquiry into the 2003 invasion of Iraq will be damaged unless the final report is published prior to the general election.
The one-time Shadow Home Secretary is one of several MPs, including Leeds MP Fabian Hamilton, who intend to force a Parliamentary vote after it emerged that publication of Sir John Chilcot’s findings into the then premier Tony Blair, and his government, is likely to be delayed until after polling day.
Mr Davis, the Haltemprice and Howden MP, says both the Tories and Labour voted in favour of invading Iraq, and overthrowing Saddam Hussein, 12 years ago and that voters in the upcoming election “should be able to ask all the parties how they would act” if a similar foreign policy crisis arose in the near future.
It has been widely reported that the delay to the £10m inquiry, which was set up by Gordon Brown in 2009, is to enable individuals, like Mr Blair and Jack Straw, the then Foreign Secretary, to respond to criticisms made of their decision-making. read more>>>
22 December 2014 - The ACLU and Human Rights Watch say the offences amount to ‘a vast criminal conspiracy’ and are ‘shocking and corrosive’ to US democracy and credibility 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."
"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
December 22 2014 - American taxpayers have shelled out roughly $1.6 trillion on war spending since 9/11, according to a new report from Congress’ nonpartisan research arm. That’s roughly $337 million a day -- or nearly a quarter million dollars a minute -- every single day for 13 years. read more>>>
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!