Former US President George W. Bush was confused and described the invasion of Iraq as “brutal” and “unjustified”, before correcting himself by saying that he intended to refer to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Bush made the remarks in a speech at an event in Dallas on Wednesday while criticizing Russia’s political system.
“The result is the absence of checks and balances in Russia, and one man’s decision to launch a totally unwarranted and brutal invasion of Iraq,” Bush said, before correcting himself and shaking his head. “I mean from Ukraine.”
He reacted with humor and blamed his age for the mistake, while the audience roared with laughter.
In 2003, when Bush was president, the United States led an invasion of Iraq because of weapons of mass destruction that were never found. The protracted conflict killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced many more.
Bush’s comments quickly went viral on social media, garnering more than three million views on Twitter alone after the clip was tweeted by a Dallas News reporter.
The former US president also compared Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky to Britain’s wartime leader Winston Churchill in condemning Russian President Vladimir Putin for launching the invasion of Ukraine in February.
Source: CNN Brasil