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George W. Bush addresses ‘wrongful invasion of Iraq’ — RT World News


The former president blundered while trying to criticize Russia’s military action

Former US President George W. Bush inadvertently condemned “invasion of Iraq” while blasting Russia’s attack on Ukraine, a mistake he blamed on his old age.

Speaking in Dallas on Wednesday at an event hosted by the eponymous George W. Bush Institute, the ex-commander in chief denounced the Russian government under President Vladimir Putin and its decision to send troops to Ukraine late february.

“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 – I mean Ukraine,” he said, drawing laughter from the audience as he muttered again “Iraq” under his breath. He attributed the mistake to his age, saying “I’m 75” before proceeding with the address.

Bush then hailed Ukraine’s leadership as fighting in the country continues into its third month, at one point dubbing President Volodymyr Zelensky a “cool little guy” and “the [Winston] Churchill of the 21st century”, comparing him to the famous British warlord.

As president, Bush launched the 2003 invasion of Iraq which quickly overthrew the government in Baghdad and turned into a long military occupation. As many as 209,000 civilians were killed in the resulting fighting, according to the Iraq Body Count project, along with nearly 4,500 US soldiers and thousands of additional casualties indirectly related to the war.

Before ousting Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, the Bush administration repeatedly claimed that it had intelligence showing that Baghdad had not abandoned its efforts to develop weapons of mass destruction after the 1991 Gulf War. claims were later proven to be inaccurate, as US forces failed to uncover any ongoing WMD projects despite intensive inspections.

More than 19 years later, approximately 2,500 American soldiers remain in the country, although they now serve in noncombatant roles with the permission of local authorities. In March, General Frank McKenzie – then head of US Central Command (CENTCOM) – suggested that the US military presence would not end any time soon, citing the alleged threat posed by Iran-backed militias.

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