Tory MP John Baron says forces within establishment are holding up release of Iraq war findings
29 August 2015 - Anger over continued delays in the publication of the report into the Iraq war has swung back against the government with allegations that “vested interests” have tried to suppress evidence.
The inquiry, chaired by former Whitehall mandarin Sir John Chilcot and established in 2009, has yet to name a date for the publication of its report, which is expected to heavily criticise a number of politicians, including former prime minister Tony Blair, and several intelligence and defence officials.
The delay has dismayed the families of armed forces personnel killed in the conflict and led to complaints that it is prolonging their anguish. It has also seen Chilcot come under criticism from MPs, with David Cameron and other ministers repeatedly expressing their frustration.
But last night John Baron, Tory MP for Billericay and a member of the Commons foreign affairs committee (FAC), said that he was in “no doubt” that forces within the establishment had held up the inquiry by failing to meet its obligation to disclose key documents. Chilcot has revealed that new evidence came to light only when witnesses to the inquiry made reference to them in their responses to the “Maxwellisation” process, under which people facing criticism are given a pre-emptive right of reply. read more>>>
29/08/2015 - Commenting, Tommy Sheppard MP said:
“Millions of people have been affected by the Iraq war - it was the most catastrophic foreign policy disaster of the last half-century and it is right and proper that we have a full, independent inquiry into the illegal invasion in 2003.
“Those who have been accused of wrongdoing in the inquiry’s final report deserve a fair chance to respond, but there is absolutely no reason for there not to be or have been a deadline for publication. The Tories may have inherited this inquiry from the previous Labour government but that in no way absolves them from all responsibility in regard to this inquiry. 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!