Former president George W. Bush accidentally said “Iraq” when referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “brutal and unjustified” decision to invade Ukraine.
“In contrast, Russian elections are rigged,” Bush said during a speech about an election integrity at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. “Political opponents are imprisoned or otherwise eliminated from participating in the electoral process. 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 — I mean, Ukraine. Iraq too, anyway.”
Shortly after making the mistake, the 75-year-old former president referenced his age, which made the audience laugh in return.
In 2003, Bush ordered the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, and his administration has faced criticism for the war both during and after his presidency.