George W. Bush a fait le pire lapsus possible pour parler de la guerre en Ukraine

George W. Bush a fait le pire lapsus possible pour parler de la guerre en Ukraine

UNITED STATES – A revealing slip? During a speech on the importance of democracy this Wednesday, May 18 in Dallas, Texas, former US President George W. Bush (2000-2008) wanted to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Except that he got the wrong country.

Unlike in the United States, “in Russia the elections are rigged,” he began. “Political opponents are imprisoned or prevented from participating in the electoral process. The result is the absence of checks and balances (checks and balances, doctrine that guarantees the separation of powers, Editor’s note) in Russia and the decision of a man to launch an unjustified and brutal invasion in Iraq…”, he continued. Before correcting himself: “I mean, in Ukraine.”

After his dumpling, the 43rd President of the United States continued in a joking tone, with a smile. “Iraq too,” he joked before mentioning his age, 75, to justify his mistake. In the audience, laughter breaks out.

The authorities and senior Iraqi politicians have not commented on the blunder, but for Iraqi Internet users, this derisive slip has a bitter taste. “The specter of the invasion of Iraq and its destruction haunts Bush Jr. His subconscious exposed it when it took over his tongue,” tweeted Iraqi journalist Omar al-Janabi. “Yes it is a brutal and unjustified invasion which will remain your worst nightmare”, he added.

This slip brings back many bad memories. In 2003, two years after the September 11 attacks, George W. Bush decided to wage war in Iraq on the pretext that the administration had found evidence of the presence of weapons of mass destruction in the country. In reality, no weapon was discovered.

This decision engendered an eight-year war and remains one of the big black spots of the presidency of George W. Bush. Between 2003 and 2011, the date of the American withdrawal, more than 100,000 civilians were killed, according to the organization Iraq Body Count. The United States has deplored nearly 4,500 dead.

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