George W. Bush calls Iraq ‘irrational invasion’ – RT World News

The former president made a mistake in criticizing Russia’s military action

Former United States President George W. Bush has inadvertently condemned it “Iraq Invasion” As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine erupted, a slip-up he blamed for his old age.

Speaking at an event hosted by the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas on Wednesday, the former commander-in-chief criticized the Russian government under President Vladimir Putin and its decision to send troops to Ukraine in late February.

“The result is a lack of checks and balances in Russia, and a person’s decision to launch a completely unjust and brutal invasion of Iraq – I mean Ukraine.” He said he whispered again to draw a smile from the audience “Iraq” Under his breath. Dr. blamed his age for the mistake “I’m 75” Before continuing the address.

Bush continues to praise Ukraine’s leadership as the country enters its third month of war, at one point referring to President Volodymyr Zelensky. “Cold little boy” And “The [Winston] 21st Century Churchill “ His comparison with the famous British wartime leader.

As president, Bush launched the invasion of Iraq in 2003, which quickly toppled the government in Baghdad and led to a prolonged military coup. As a result of the Iraq Body Count project, about 4,500 American troops and thousands of additional casualties indirectly involved in the war, the war resulted in the deaths of 209,000 civilians.

Before ousting Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, the Bush administration repeatedly claimed that Baghdad had not abandoned its efforts to build weapons of mass destruction since the 1991 Gulf War. These claims were later proven wrong, however, as US forces failed to uncover ongoing WMD projects despite intensive inspections.

More than 19 years later, about 2,500 U.S. troops remain in the country, although they are now playing a non-combat role with the permission of local authorities. In March, General Frank McKenzie – then head of US Central Command (CENTCOM) – warned that the US military presence would not end soon, citing alleged threats from Iranian-backed militia groups.

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