In this case, Shrub, aka George W. Bush attempted to condemn Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine, and accidentally referred to Iraq instead.
This is a pretty spectacular self-own, even by George W. Bush, a master of the malaprop.
Just before the gaffe, Bush talked about how elections are fraudulent in Russia, which makes me think, “Brooks Brothers Riot,” Florida, 2000.
I’m not sure if this is an astonishing lack of self-awareness, or if this is an astonishing, at least by the standards of the Bush Crime Family, level of actual self awareness.
I am not going to try to get into his head. That would leave me gibbering Tekeli-Li:
It was the “decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq,” former president George W. Bush said Wednesday before quickly correcting himself, saying he meant to describe Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine.
“Iraq, too, anyway,” he added under his breath to laughter from the audience during a speech at his presidential center in Dallas.
But while the joke landed with some, many were quick to pounce on his verbal slip after nearly two decades of sharp criticism that Bush was unjustified in directing the United States’ 2003 invasion of Iraq, with some lobbing accusations that the 43rd president is a war criminal — the same label some have given Putin after his invasion of Ukraine this year, which has been widely criticized by the international community as illegal and inhumane.
You’re calling this a joke? Seriously? Who the f%$# is your editor, Muhammad “Baghdad Bob” Saeed al-Sahhaf?
The audience laughed because either they were uncomfortable, or because they are sociopaths.
“I’m not laughing, and I am guessing nor are the families of the thousands of American troops and the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who died in that war,” said Mehdi Hasan, a liberal commentator and cable news host, on “MSNBC Prime” on Wednesday night.
“How many Americans were sent to die by him for a lie? Disgusting,” tweeted conservative media personality Tim Young.
If there is any justice in the world, George W. Bush will be in the dock in the Hague, but that’s never going to happen.