In what some are calling an epic ‘Freudian slip,’ former President George W. Bush accidentally called the invasion of Iraq ‘wholly unjustified and brutal’ while speaking about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Bush made the embarrassing gaffe in a speech at his presidential center in Dallas, where he spoke about the importance of fair elections and slammed Russia’s autocratic system.
‘The result is an absence of checks and balances in Russia, and the decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq,’ Bush said, before shaking his head and correcting himself. ‘I mean, of Ukraine.’
As the audience fell into awkward silence, Bush muttered under his breath what sounded like the words, ‘Iraq too, anyway,’ drawing laughter from the crowd.
‘I’m 75,’ Bush quickly added, blaming the slip on his advancing years, and drawing further laughter from the crowd.