It was “a one-man decision to launch a completely unjust and brutal invasion of Iraq,” former President George W. Bush said Wednesday, before he quickly corrected himself, saying he wanted to describe Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine.
But when the joke unfolds with some, many jump on the bandwagon after nearly two decades of intense criticism that Bush was unfair in directing the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, with some lobbying allegations that the 43rd president is a warlord. Criminals – The same label some gave Putin after the invasion of Ukraine this year, which has been widely criticized by the international community as illegal and inhumane.
“I’m not laughing, and I’m not guessing that thousands of American soldiers and the families of the millions of Iraqis who died in that war.” Says Mehdi Hassan, a liberal commentator and cable news host, appeared on MSNBC Prime on Wednesday night.
“How many Americans were sent to die by him for lying? Disgusting, ”the conservative media personality tweeted Tim Young.
According to the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University, at least 200,000 civilians died as a result of “direct war-related violence” during the US invasion of Iraq, noting that the difficulty in accurately measuring deaths probably meant higher numbers.
Political consensus among many on the left and right has gone on to condemn the war, with many presidential hopefuls and other politicians saying they were or are now against the invasion of Iraq.
Even Bush’s brother, Jeb, in a 2015 presidential debate, when moderator Megan Kelly was asked if “your brother’s war was a mistake,” said the attack was wrong and based on “flawed intelligence.”
“Oops,” tweeted Justin Amash, a former congressman who left the Republican Party to become independent. In response In the video of Bush’s gossip.
“If you were George W. Bush, you would think that you could launch a completely unjust and brutal attack on any speech about a person,” he said.
“Welcome to resistance,” g. Elliott Morris, US correspondent for The Economist, joked on Twitter.
“George W. Bush is a war criminal,” tweeted former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner.
Just before the slip-up, Bush – who blamed Gaff for his age at 75 – was comparing the leadership of Russia and Ukraine. He praised Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, whom he described as a “cool-headed man” and a “Churchill of the twenty-first century,” echoing a statement he made after the two met virtually this month.
For Russia, he said, its elections had been rigged and its political opponents imprisoned. “The result is the absence of checks and balances in Russia.”
The George W. Bush Presidential Center did not immediately respond to a request for comment.