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George W Bush accidentally condemns ‘unwarranted and brutal’ invasion of Iraq |  world news

George W Bush accidentally condemned the “unwarranted and brutal invasion of Iraq”, an operation he himself ordered in 2003.

The 75-year-old former US president quickly corrected himself, saying he meant to refer to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

He made the gaffe during a speech in Texas on Wednesday in which he took aim at Russia’s political system.

Mr. Bush told the Dallas audience: “Russian elections are rigged, political opponents are imprisoned or otherwise prevented from participating in the electoral process.

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“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.”

He then corrected himself and shook his head.

“I mean, from Ukraine,” he said, before jokingly blaming the blunder on his age, mumbling “I’m 75” as the audience burst into laughter.

Footage of the crash has been viewed more than 10 million times on Twitter after it was shared by Michael Williams, a Dallas News report who was in attendance at the event.

Social media users described the error as “the biggest Freudian slip in history”.

Many also criticized the former president for appearing to shed some light on the conflict in 2003.

Mr. Bush was at the helm when the United States carried out a devastating invasion of Iraq following claims of weapons of mass destruction that were never found.

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