22/06/2015 - SNP Defence spokesman Brendan O’Hara has today demanded Sir John Chilcot’s inquiry into the Iraq war must “be published as a matter of urgency”, following an admission by a senior ally of Tony Blair that the UK should not have gone to war.
Lord Falconer, a former Labour Chancellor, said: "We didn't find weapons of mass destruction there and that was the basis by which we went in. So on the that basis we weren't right to go in."
This follows SNP MSP Joan McAlpine’ s resolution calling for the immediate release of the Chilcot inquiry being passed unanimously yesterday at SNP National Council.
Brendan O'Hara MP, the SNP's defence spokesperson, said:
“This is a quite stunning revelation; 12 years after the Westminster Government waged the illegal and immoral war on Iraq, Lord Falconer, who is a close ally of Tony Blair, has admitted that the Labour Government - backed by the Tories - were wrong to go to war.
“Of course, the SNP and many others were saying back then that there were no weapons of mass destruction - and therefore no justification for the war - but the establishment would not listen. 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!