21 April 2015 - Inquiry is mired in arguments about criticism it intends to make of some individuals, including Tony Blair and Jack Straw
The long-awaited Chilcot report into the 2003 invasion of Iraq may be delayed until next year because the inquiry is mired in increasingly heated argument about the criticism it intends to make of some of the leading individuals involved, including Tony Blair, his foreign secretary, Jack Straw, and the then head of MI6, Sir Richard Dearlove.
The report was delayed initially because of a dispute, which lasted for three years, between Sir John Chilcot and successive cabinet secretaries – Gus O’Donnell, and Jeremy Heywood – over which notes of conversations between Blair and George Bush, the US president, and minutes of cabinet meetings, could be published.
Chilcot wanted to wait for the conclusion of that dispute, which was settled only last year, before sending out “Maxwellisation” letters to those he intended to criticise. Under this process, named after a court case concerning the late Robert Maxwell, individuals have the right to see draft passages where they are criticised so they can respond before the final report is published.
Chilcot took the view that he could not send out the draft passages without the inquiry or those criticised knowing what official documents revealing vital evidence could be published.
Some of those Chilcot intends to criticise could seek legal advice, which may delay the report even further. 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!