Former US President George W. Bush’s Freudian slip sees him confusing ‘totally unwarranted and brutal invasion of Iraq’ with Ukraine
LONDON: Former US President George W. Bush found himself somewhat embarrassed after calling the invasion of Iraq “totally unwarranted and brutal” when discussing the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Speaking at his presidential center in Dallas, Texas, on Wednesday, Bush said, “One man’s decision to launch a totally unwarranted and brutal invasion of Iraq…I mean, Ukraine.” .
The Freudian slip joins a long list of verbal blunders Bush has delivered over the years.
The United States invaded Iraq in 2003, with the Bush administration claiming at the time that there were weapons of mass destruction in the country. However, UN inspectors found no evidence of the existence of such weapons prior to the invasion.
US military operations in Iraq dragged on until 2011, with tens of thousands of civilians killed and displaced and nearly 5,000 coalition troops killed.
On Twitter, many were quick to point out the irony of confusing the invasions of Iraq and Ukraine. Justin Amash, a former congressman from Michigan, tweeted: “Oof. If you were George W. Bush, you think you would avoid all talk about a man launching a totally unwarranted and brutal invasion.
Another tweeted: “It’s not a Freudian slip, it’s a Freudian fall down the stairs.”
“Awww. here’s that naughty george, reminding everyone of his war crimes. hahaha! isn’t that cute? please excuse him. he’s 75 so it’s okay to laugh at the millions he’s killed .we have fun here at the institute. now where was he? oh yeah, unprecedented putin evil,” another tweeted.
Writer and entrepreneur Adam Best wrote, “George W. Bush has always been the Michael Jordan of talking gaffes, but never expected a Freudian slip where he admitted to being a war criminal.”
Some speculated that the slip-up could be used as evidence in a potential war crimes prosecution of Bush, with one tweeting: “This should be admissible as evidence in The Hague.”
In his speech, Bush said that elections in Russia are rigged and political opponents are imprisoned or prevented from participating in the electoral process.
The 75-year-old former president blamed the slip on his age, and after an awkward silence, the audience laughed.