29 August 2015 - Taxpayer-funded legal support available to individuals criticised by the Iraq war inquiry should be limited to help speed up the publication of the final report, a Conservative MP has said.
David Davis, a leading critic of the delay in publishing the conclusions of Sir John Chilcot's probe six years after it was commissioned, said the cost to the public was ridiculous.
Mr Davis told the Daily Telegraph: "There are two groups of people who are suffering most from these inordinate delays of Chilcot: one group are the families of the dead who are being denied closure and the other group are the ordinary taxpayers who are being denied an answer as to the causes of the war. read more>>>
28 August 2015 - THE Government is publicly furious at the long delay in publication of the Iraq inquiry report.
However, according to several media sources, the Government has offered the services of its own lawyers to every single one of those subject to criticism in the draft report. They are being helped to prepare their responses in the protracted “Maxwellization” process, invented for the old rogue over 40 years ago when he was investigated by the then Department of Trade.
Taxpayers, especially the many victims of Iraq, have already waited far too long to see this report. Now they are being asked to support efforts to delay it and weaken it.
The story has so far produced little indignation. Perhaps the British people are already so cynical about their chances of ever learning the full truth about Iraq that they are no longer surprised by anything to do with this inquiry. read more>>>
27 August 2015 - The rivals agreed an apology would be the right thing to do, but there was "no point" doing it until the Iraq Inquiry report is published
Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper have both said Labour should apologise for taking the UK to war in Iraq - when the time is right.
The Labour leadership rivals agreed that an apology would be the right thing to do, but only after the Chilcot Report into the conflict has been published.
Yvette Cooper was first to agree to apologise.
She said the country needs to draw a line under the Chilcot Inquiry, and that Parliament should fix a date for when it would be published. 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!