Obama's troop withdrawals only mark a continuing war and occupation that is wasteful and deadly, with no end to America's 'war on terror' in sight.
George Osborne said it would cost tens, not hundreds of millions. Now the defence minister Liam Fox has had tell the truth. The war in Libya in just over two months has cost Britain £260 million.
Still occupying Iraq, engaged in the bombing of Libya, and continuing with the war in Afghanistan, the US and its allies look increasingly bogged down, unable to break the war habit -- and not knowing what to do about it.
Libya was going to be different from all previous wars. Strikes would be 'targeted', 'collateral damage' would be negligible, and of course, just as the British government said in 1914, the war would be so swift that it would all be over in a couple of months.
"It is time to listen to military advice, review the review and provide our forces with capabilities which match our foreign policy ambitions.” - Jim Murphy Shadow defence secretary
Karl Eikenberry, US ambassador in Afghanistan, says "America has never sought to occupy any nation in the world. We are a good people." Try telling that to the people of Afghanistan and Iraq.
The cost to the UK taxpayer of bombing Gaddafi for six months is the same as the savings from ending the education maintenance allowance; or three times the amount saved by scrapping the disability living allowance.
When it comes to how many wars Americans can fight at once, Obama is reaching for the record books. The United States is now involved in no less than six wars: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya, and what used to be called the Global War on Terror.
Brian Haw, world renowned peace activist, has died. His peace camp outside the British parliament was a beacon for anti-war campaigners across the world throughout the ten years of the "war on terror".
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Sanum Ghafour lifts the lid on how the language of war uses clean words to cover up atrocious deeds.
"If I had a pound for every time Tony Blair used the term 'regime change'", she says, "I could probably afford to buy a weapon of mass destruction."