Thursday, December 11, 2014

Iraq War ''biggest cover-up of our time''

As families still left awaiting Chilcot Inquiry results
As the US comes clean on its use of torture, questions are being asked about why the UK continues to suppress Sir John Chilcot's report

Dec 10, 2014 - Angry relatives tonight demanded to know why the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq invasion has not been released – four years after it was promised.

The controversial inquiry into the Iraq War – which cost the lives of 179 British troops in six years of conflict following the 2003 invasion – was first ordered by former PM Gordon Brown in 2009, after years of public pressure.

Its chairman, Sir John Chilcot, said then that a report would be published in around 18 months.

Today Rose Gentle, 50, from Glasgow, and the other families of men and women who laid down their lives in the middle east, still have no answers.

Rose, who lost 19-year-old son Gordon, said: “If they have nothing to hide, why won’t they publish the report? It’s a huge cover-up. It’s the biggest cover-up of our time.

“Look at Iraq now. It’s certainly not any safer. Tony Blair said it would be a safer place but it’s not.

"I think Tony Blair is responsible for the Iraq War and I hold him responsible for my son’s death and always will.” read more>>>

David Cameron: I am not in control of when Iraq war report is published
10 December 2014 - Prime minister’s lack of confidence that Chilcot inquiry will meet timetable points to post-election publication read more>>>

* * * CIA Torture: Read the Senate Intelligence Committee report * * *

In a Democracy: 'Citizens must know what is done in their name'

* * * Seeds of ISIL Planted By Bush/Cheney and Conservative Congresses * * *

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
Released will carry private communications between GWBush and TBlair, like this already released: TB said there was a danger the Tories would see this as their chance to get rid of him … Bush said they would make it clear to the Tories that if they moved to get rid of TB "we will get rid of them".

* * * Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It * * *
24 April 2014 - Britain’s involvement in the Iraq War promoted terrorism rather than reducing it and was a “strategic failure”, according to a major new report which estimated the cost of all UK conflicts since the end of the Cold War.
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."

Facts: Matthew Hoh {former Marine and foreign service officer in Afghanistan}: "We spend a trillion dollars a year on national security in this country."
"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

Bob Herbert "Losing Our Way" : "And then the staggering costs of these wars, which are borne by the taxpayers. I mean, one of the things that was insane was that, as we're at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Bush administration cut taxes. This has never been done in American history. The idea of cutting taxes while you're going to war is just crazy. I mean, it's madness." Bill 'Moyers and Company': Restoring an America That Has Lost its Way 10 Oct. 2014

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!

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