And as a Vietnam Vet I can attest to the promises made by the Americans served, in their poser patriotic fervor, that they quickly forgot all they said they'll never forget and, DeJa-Vu, including the few who served them, that continues!!! This time not only on one front but in two, redoing same, as they quickly abandoned the missions and those sent to accomplish after a direct attack on the Country, another lesson so quickly forgotten!!
More than 70 years after the second world war, the Chilcot report shows us that governments driven by ideology are doomed to make the same mistakes
12 July 2016 - In September 1945, the US produced a seminal document called the Strategic Bombing Survey. Air power had been used during the second world war in unprecedented ways and there was a need to reflect on it and learn lessons. The breadth and extent of the survey, which operated from London, was almost beyond comprehension. The forward to the survey states: “Germany was scoured for its war records, which were found sometimes, but rarely, in places where they ought to have been; sometimes in safe-deposit vaults, often in private houses, in barns, in caves; on one occasion, in a hen house and, on two occasions, in coffins.”
The Chilcot report took seven years to complete and cost an estimated £10.3m. But the Strategic Bombing Survey cost more. “It was necessary, in many cases,” they explained, “to follow closely behind the front; otherwise, vital records might have been irretrievably lost. Survey personnel suffered several casualties, including four killed.”
The survey’s summary used the term “lesson to be learned” only once in a section called Of the Future: “The great lesson to be learned in the battered towns of England and the ruined cities of Germany is that the best way to win a war is to prevent it from occurring.”
The report continued by detailing what those best efforts would entail. read more>>>
And now Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after the Whole Country Abandoned the Missions and those sent to Accomplish, and still haven't paid for either nor the long term results from and that includes the VA their responsibility, so extremely quickly after 9/11!!
Command Sergeant Major: No Troops Died Searching for Bergdahl
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!