W Bush’s Freudian Slip On Iraq: Revelation 13

Former President George W Bush speaks at the 20th Anniversary remembrance of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the Flight 93 National Memorial on September 11, 2021 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

George Bush condemns ‘brutal invasion of Iraq,’ but means Ukraine

Former President George W Bush speaks at the 20th Anniversary remembrance of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the Flight 93 National Memorial on September 11, 2021 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Photo credit (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

 By Lauren Barry

May 19, 20223:15 pm

Was it a Freudian slip?

During a speech Wednesday in Dallas, Texas, former President George W. Bush accidentally mixed up “Iraq” and “Ukraine,” harkening back to his tenure in office during the 2000s.

Back then, his slip-ups were so common that they were termed “Bushisms.” Lists of them can be found via the BBC and on Wikipedia.

This particular gaffe had a potentially alarming meaning. He referenced “the decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq.”

Bush, who was speaking at a George W. Bush Presidential Center event on election integrity, was actually discussing Russian elections and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, which began in February.

However, invoking the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq – which Bush himself called for – made a splash on the internet, according to ABC News. On social media, “users revived criticism of his decision to invade,” said the outlet.

The Iraq War has been called a failure, both by news outlets such as The Atlantic and research organizations such as the Brookings Institute and the Center for Strategic International Studies.

“No one knows with certainty how many people have been killed and wounded in Iraq since the 2003 United States invasion,” said the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs at Brown University. “However, we know that between 184,382 and 207,156 civilians have died from direct war related violence caused by the U.S., its allies, the Iraqi military and police, and opposition forces from the time of the invasion through October 2019.”

Part of the Bush administration’s reasoning for going to War with Iraq were claims about Weapons of Mass Destruction, such as nuclear weapons, there. Bush also wanted to remove war-prone Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein from power.

According to ABC News, “Bush wrote in his post-White House memoir that he had a ‘sickening feeling’ when he learned there were no [Weapons of Mass Destruction] in Iraq after their supposed existence was used as justification for the invasion.”

However, he still believed that removing Hussein from power was the right decision.

Bush quickly corrected himself after making the slip up Wednesday.

“I mean, of Ukraine,” he said, adding, “I’m 75.”

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