WASHINGTON, May 19 (Reuters) – Former U.S. President George W. Bush mistakenly called the invasion of Iraq “brutal” and “unwarranted” before pulling himself together and explaining that he wanted talk about 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,” George W. Bush said, before pulling himself together and shaking the head. “I mean, from Ukraine.”
He blamed his mistake on his age, which made his audience laugh.
While George W. Bush was president, the United States invaded Iraq, justifying their decision by the presence of weapons of mass destruction in the country, weapons which have never been found. The ensuing conflict left hundreds of thousands dead and many more displaced.
George W. Bush’s statements quickly went viral on social media, garnering more than three million views on Twitter.
(Report Kanishka Singh; French version Camille Raynaud)