JOAN thinks that the delay in results from the Chilcot inquiry is a sign of how badly our democracy has been compromised.
23 June 2015 - TONY Blair was an accomplished amateur actor at university. And the skills he learned there came in useful in Downing Street too.
He fooled a great many people – and the Iraq War was probably his greatest deception.
The Chilcot inquiry set up in 2009 was supposed get to the heart of that decision, by telling us what really happened in the corridors of British power in those fatal months leading to war.
It is a democratic and moral outrage that we still wait for that enquiry to report.
This week I put a motion before the SNP’s National Council which shapes our policy – demanding that we get answers from Chilcot without further delay. It was passed unanimously.
Blair may be long gone but he still has his protectors, not just in his own party.
The apparatus of state propped up his deceptions, promoted them even.
The system that allowed Blair to get away with it is still in place but now has a new commander-in-chief – David Cameron.
He isn’t keen to bring down the system that now props up his government.
For younger readers, a brief summary may be in order. 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!