Former US president George W Bush calls Iraq invasion 'unjustified' and 'brutal' before correcting 'I mean Ukraine' – ABC News

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Former US president George W Bush mistakenly described the invasion of Iraq as "brutal" and "unjustified" before correcting himself to say he meant to refer to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. 
Mr Bush made the comments in a speech during an event in Dallas on Wednesday local time, while he was criticising Russia's political system.
"The result is an absence of checks and balances in Russia, and the decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq," Bush said, before correcting himself and shaking his head.
"I mean, of Ukraine."
The former president jokingly blamed the mistake on his age — 75 — as the audience burst into laughter.
In 2003, when Mr Bush was president, the US led an invasion of Iraq over weapons of mass destruction that were never found.
The prolonged conflict killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced many more.
Mr Bush's remarks quickly went viral on social media, gathering over 3 million views on Twitter alone after the clip was tweeted by a Dallas News reporter.
The former US president also compared Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to Britain's wartime leader Winston Churchill, while condemning Russian President Vladimir Putin for launching the invasion of Ukraine in February.
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