18 Aug, 2015 - Sir John Chilcot has been publicly criticized by retired High Court judge, Baroness Butler-Sloss, over the extensive delay to the publication of his Iraq war inquiry report. The baroness even offered Chilcot tips on how to speed up the process.
The probe into Britain’s role in the 2003 Iraq war was launched by Sir John Chilcot in 2009, and completed its evidence-taking in 2011.
The former judge advised Chilcot to set deadlines for the Maxwellization process, which allows those criticized in the report a right of reply before publication.
Her intervention comes a day after Labour leadership contender Yvette Cooper said Britain must not pursue further military action against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) until Chilcot’s report is published. read more>>>
17 Aug, 2015 - Britain must not pursue further military action against Islamic State targets until the findings of the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War are published, Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has said. Critics say the 8-year war was key to the rise of ISIS and fragmentation of Iraq.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Labour leadership contender Cooper called on MPs to pass a motion demanding the controversial report be published before the close of 2016.
The prospect of air strikes against ISIS in Syria was raised before parliament's summer recess, with Shadow Defense Secretary Vernon Coaker insisting Labour MPs are prepared to work with the government to defeat the terror group.
Cooper said parliament was being asked “all of the time” to consider further military intervention against Islamic State (fomerly ISIS/ISIL). But she insisted no action should be taken until the findings of the Chilcot Inquiry are 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!