Joe Biden isn’t the only one getting entangled in his remarks. After saying of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that he was the “Churchill of Our Time”, former US President George W. Bush made a mistake. Wednesday, May 18, the 43e President of the United States has called ” brutal “ and D’“unjustified” the invasion of… “Iraq”before pulling himself together and explaining that he meant the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
George W. Bush made these statements during a speech delivered Wednesday in Dallas, during which he criticized the Russian political system. “The result is an absence of checks and balances in Russia, and a one-man decision to launch a totally unwarranted and brutal invasion of Iraq”said George W. Bush, before pulling himself together and shaking his head. “I mean, from Ukraine. » He blamed his mistake on his age – 75 – which made his audience laugh.
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While George W. Bush was president, the United States invaded Iraq on March 20, 2003, justifying their decision by the presence of weapons of mass destruction in the country, weapons which have never been found. The conflict left hundreds of thousands dead and many more displaced.
George W. Bush’s statements quickly went viral on social networks, garnering several million views on Twitter and causing reactions. Hussain Nadima geopolitical scholar from Pakistan, tweeted: “In American history, for the space of two brief seconds, truth prevailed! »while the American writer Scott Santens commented : “Biggest mistake of all time about one of the biggest mistakes of all time. »
The authorities and senior Iraqi politicians have not commented on the blunder, but for Iraqi Internet users this derided slip has a bitter taste. “The specter of the invasion of Iraq and its destruction haunts Bush Jr. His subconscious exposed it when it took over his tongue,” tweeted Iraqi journalist Omar Al-Janabi. “Yes, it’s a brutal and unjustified invasion that will remain your worst nightmare”he added.