“In contrast, Russian elections are fixed, political opponents are imprisoned or prevented from participating in the electoral process,” Bush said during a speech for the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas, Texas.
“As a result, in Russia, there are no checks and balances, and one man’s decision to launch a completely unjustified and savage invasion of Iraq… I’m talking about Ukraine here,” he continued.
The audience then laughed when he said, “Iraq too, anyhow.”
The error was also laughed at by the crowd when he said, “75,” in reference to his age.
Those who strongly opposed the war took to Twitter to express their dismay at Bush’s error. It’s worth noting that the United States is a constitutional republic governed by democratic ideals, and Congress’ vote to authorize the Iraq intervention was 293-133.
“For the first time ever, George Bush is correct: George Bush did, in fact, start a completely unjustified and ruthless war against Iraq,” according to the Gravel Institute, which may be taken to imply that Bush was comparable to Putin.
“It took George W. Bush 20 years to admit it,” Daily Beast writer Wajahat Ali tweeted.
Imagine if there was this much attention paid to the comments that really matter in 2022. Prior to Putin launching his military action in Ukraine, few individuals appeared to be concerned with President Joe Biden’s “minor incursion” error. Or Biden saying, “abort a baby,” after the Roe v. Wade draft opinion leak.
For those who want the discussion to stay military-focused, Democratic members of Congress have shown no interest in holding the Biden administration responsible for the bungled withdrawal from Afghanistan, which occurred only last August.
The United States is correct to reflect on the consequences of the Iraq War, but considering Bush’s blunder is a waste of time in light of the present state of affairs.