WASHINGTON.– The former president of the United States, George W. Bush mistakenly called the invasion of Iraq “brutal” and “unjustified.” before correcting himself and saying that he meant to refer to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. An error that generated suspicions and comments of all kinds given that he was the commander in chief of his country when he decided to launch the operation in Iraq in 2003 for reasons that are questioned to this day.
Bush made the comments in a speech at an event in Dallas on Wednesday, while criticizing Russia’s political system. “The result is an absence of checks and balances in Russia, and one man’s decision to launch a totally unwarranted and brutal invasion of Iraq,” Bush said, before correcting himself and shaking his head. “I mean, from Ukraine.”
Joking, he blamed the mistake on his agewhile the audience burst out laughing. “I’m 75 years old,” she settled.
In 2003, when Bush was president, The United States led an invasion of Iraq for weapons of mass destruction that were never found. The protracted conflict has killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced many more.
Bush’s remarks quickly went viral on social media, garnering more than three million views on Twitter alone after the clip was tweeted by a reporter from the Dallas News.
The former president of the United States also compared Ukrainian leader Volodimir Zelenskiy to British wartime leader Winston Churchill, while condemning Russian President Vladimir Putin for launching the invasion of Ukraine in February.
“The way countries hold elections reflects the way leaders treat their people and the way nations behave toward other nations. Nowhere is it more clearly seen than in Ukraine,” she said.