According to ex-US President George W. Bush, the Iraq war was a “brutal invasion”. But he meant the Russian attack on the Ukrainians.

A Freudian slip of the tongue by former US President George W. Bush (75) is currently doing the rounds on the Internet. During a speech in Dallas, the Republican suddenly spoke of the Iraq war, which he described as a “completely unjustified and brutal invasion.” After noticing his obvious faux pas, the 75-year-old immediately corrected himself: “I mean, in Ukraine.” The audience reacted with laughter and Bush, too, blames his mistake on his advanced age with a smile.

The excerpt of the slip of the tongue is currently being shared and liked on the internet. The first to post it was NBC journalist Sahil Kapur via Twitter. On his account alone, the short clip has now been viewed more than ten million times, shared around 100,000 times, liked almost 200,000 times and commented on almost 10,000 times.

The USA’s Iraq war under George W. Bush is still controversial today

This slip of the tongue is particularly explosive since Bush ordered the attack on Iraq in 2003 during his tenure. He cited weapons of mass destruction as the reason, which the then Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein (1937-2006) allegedly possessed. A preventive war is necessary because Hussein plans to attack the United States, so the argument goes. The alleged evidence of the US secret services later turned out to be unfounded, and no weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq. To this day, the USA and George W. Bush have been sharply criticized from many quarters for the invasion of Iraq.

In his speech in Dallas, Bush otherwise found harsh words against Russian President Vladimir Putin (69) and his political system there. The elections are rigged, political opponents are imprisoned and there is no opposition in Russia. The decision to invade was made by one man, Putin. Bush, on the other hand, compared the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (44) to Winston Churchill (1874-1965), Prime Minister of Great Britain during the Second World War.