It’s Bush-ism for the ages.
Former President George W. Bush made a major mistake when he detailed the “totally unwarranted” invasion of Iraq during a speech in Dallas, Texas on Wednesday.
Bush, who has faced his fair share of slip-ups over the years, made the mistake of referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and the silence of political opponents.
“A one man decision to launch a totally unwarranted and brutal invasion of Iraq,” Bush said before correcting his mistake.
“I mean, from Ukraine…I’m 75.”
You can watch Bush’s main fumble below.
The slip-up is reminiscent of the former president’s 2003 invasion of Iraq, a decision by his administration to remove weapons of mass destruction he said were in the country.
United Nations inspectors later discovered that no evidence of weapons of mass destruction existed in the country before the American attack. Critics have widely criticized Bush over the attack in the nearly two decades since.
Bush’s mistake came during part of an event focusing on election security and American democracy at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, according to the Dallas Morning News.
The former president has made his “most extensive public comments” on the invasion of Ukraine. His speech included a comparison of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to a “21st century” Winston Churchill.