Former President George W. Bush mistakenly conflated the Iraq invasion his administration oversaw with Russia’s unprovoked conflict in Ukraine in a Wednesday speech from Dallas.
Bush, 75, instantly corrected himself after calling the Iraq occupation “wholly unjustified and brutal” whereas discussing election integrity at an occasion at Southern Methodist College’s George W. Bush Institute, footage confirmed.
“Russian elections are rigged. Political opponents are imprisoned or in any other case eradicated from the electoral course of,” the two-term president mentioned.
“The result’s an absence of checks and balances in Russia, and the choice of 1 man to launch an entirely unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq.
“I imply of the Ukraine, heh,” the gaffe-prone Republican mentioned whereas shaking his head, squinting and smirking.
“Iraq too,” he then quietly muttered earlier than saying, “anyway … uh … 75,” an obvious reference to his age, as the group chuckled.
The US invaded Iraq in 2003 on the pretense that the nation was harboring weapons of mass destruction and terrorists. No weapons of mass destruction had been ever discovered.
Greater than 1 / 4 million folks died within the ensuing battle, together with practically 5 thousand US troops, in accordance with Iraq Physique Depend, an internet site that cross checks reviews and data about casualties within the nation.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was among the many audio system at Bush’s College Park, Texas occasion, which was dubbed “Elections – A Extra Good Union.”