Bush calls Iraq invasion ‘brutal, unjustified’ by mistake

Former US president jokingly blames old age, says he meant to say Russia’s invasion into Ukraine

In what some have termed a Freudian slip, former US President George W. Bush mistakenly labeled the invasion of the country into Iraq as “brutal” and “unjustified” before he corrected himself saying that he intended to refer to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Bush said this as he made a speech during an event in Dallas, Texas on Wednesday as he took jibes on Russia’s political system.

“The decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq I mean of Ukraine,” said the former US president in a slip of the tongue. He attempted to rectify his mistake and jokingly blamed the slip on his age at which the audience burst into laughter.

During his term in office in 2003, the US launched an invasion into Iraq over weapons of mass destruction which were never discovered. The conflict killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced even more.

The clip of the slip went viral on social media gathering millions of views. Bush also compared Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy to Britain’s leader during World War 2, Winston Churchill. He also censured Russian President Vladimir Putin for launching an invasion into Ukraine in February.