Former US President George W. Bush made a gaffe (joke?) about Iraq this week.
Speaking from Southern Methodist University in Texas Bush railed against Putin’s autocratic rule and the impunity that enabled
the decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq.
– I mean, of Ukraine.”
As the audience laughed and Bush excused the slip-up
The video has made the rounds on social media with many saying that the blunder was the closest Iraqis would get to Bush admitting to launching the bloody 2003 invasion of Iraq under a false pretext.
Not everyone thought it was funny.
The Daily Beast columnist Wajahat Ali tweeted,
Took 20 years for George W. Bush to finally confess.”
Former Rep. Justin Amash (who is of Arab-American descent) said,
If you were George W. Bush, you think you’d just steer clear of giving any speech about one man launching a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion.”
For those with short-term memories, CNN sums it up,
The Bush administration, citing faulty intelligence, insisted that then-President Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMD), which were never found. One of the stated objectives of Russia’s war was to de-Nazify Ukraine, which is led by a democratically elected Jew.
But unlike Ukraine, where Putin’s brutal invasion was met with Western outrage and skepticism of Russia’s narrative, the Western mainstream media had few scruples about reproducing the Bush administration’s WMD allegations about Iraq, paving the way for that country’s invasion.
A brutal dictator was removed from power in Iraq in a war that critics said was more about oil than WMD. The Arab world continues to suffer the consequences of that botched war to this day, and the grievances are alive and well.
MSNBC’s Mehdi Hassan said,
While (Bush) was talking about Russia and its president, he made what must be one of the biggest Freudian slips of all time.
I’m not laughing.
And I’m guessing nor are the families of the thousands of American troops and the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who died in that war.”
Former U.S. President George W. Bush: “The decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq. I mean, of the Ukraine” pic.twitter.com/IanADTcAg6— BNO News (@BNONews) May 19, 2022
(Photo, screengrab, Bush Center; via CNN)