3 February 2015 - What’s the story?
The chairman of the official inquiry into the Iraq war, Sir John Chilcot, is appearing before the Commons foreign affairs committee on Wednesday to explain delays to its work. The committee said it would question Chilcot “on the preparation of his report and on the obstacles which remain before he can submit it to the prime minister”. Chilcot wrote to David Cameron last month to say that “very substantial progress” had been made, but that it would not be possible to publish his report before the general election on 7 May. The delay has prompted widespread consternation. Douglas Alexander, the shadow foreign secretary, said the repeated delays to the report’s publication had paralysed British foreign policymaking, including the ability to restore public trust.
Terms of reference of the inquiry
The inquiry, announced by former prime minister Gordon Brown on 15 June 2009, set out to identify lessons that can be learned from the 2003 Iraq war. The Iraq inquiry was officially launched on 30 July 2009. At the launch, Chilcot set out the inquiry’s terms of reference as follows: 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!