Lord Dannatt, former Chief of the General Staff CREDIT: DAVID ROSE
1 OCTOBER 2016 - General the Lord Dannatt is sitting at the head of a spacious boardroom table in Millbank House, searching for words. Beyond him, out of the window is a vista of Parliament Square where on March 20, 2003, thousands gathered to march against the invasion of Iraq.
Today he admires the view, but the war in Iraq is something that until recently Lord Dannatt has not been able to take in from a particularly removed perspective. As Chief of the General Staff between 2006 and 2009, and prior to that Commander in Chief Land Command, he was embroiled in the key decisions around the six-year military mission in which 179 British troops lost their lives.
It has been a year in which the unsavoury legacy of the Iraq conflict has been a mainstay of the news. In July, the conclusion of the Chilcot Inquiry delivered a damning verdict on the decision to take Britain to war. Earlier this month, too, the Ministry of Defence was forced to pay thousands of pounds in compensation to former Army officer Rachel Webster, who was left traumatised when she was arrested by officers working for the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT), a controversial government unit set up in 2010 to investigate alleged abuses by service personnel during the war. The case followed that of three Army veterans who face prosecution for manslaughter over the death of an Iraqi teenager in 2003.
“The Webster case was appalling and I’m delighted she has been compensated, but that these historic abuse inquiries have been put together at all.” Lord Dannatt says, resolutely echoing the view of numerous veterans, MPs and campaigner groups. “To have these wide-ranging inquiries in to what are repeatedly turning out to be wholesale, fallacious accusations is undermining for morale and the Army’s effectiveness. In the future soldiers will feel inhibited in doing what they think is right for fear of retrospective investigation, and that is incredibly dangerous.”
He admits there are times when errors are made in conflict, but believes any wrongdoing should be dealt with internally. 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!