[pjw] NEWS: George W Bush confesses Iraq invasion was brutal-as a joke? (Al Jazeera 5/19)
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Thu May 19 13:45:10 EDT 2022
Wow, someone get the handcuffs out.
Do you ever watch police procedural movies or TV where a person (usually
without a lawyer present) blurts out "I did it-- I confess!" and they get
led off to jail?
Well, yesterday George W Bush told a crowd that the invasion of
Iraq was "brutal" and "unjustified" -- then realized he meant to say
Ukraine--- but then added, "Iraq too." The below Al Jazeera article
outlines some of the times the Iraq war was determined to be a violation
of international law.
Interestingly he has made our point for us about how these global norms
don't mean anything if the supposed leader of the "free world" can ignore
Don't know whether to laugh or cry.
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`Freudian slip': Bush decries `invasion of Iraq' - not Ukraine
Former US President George W Bush appears to admit the 2003 invasion of
Iraq was `wholly unjustified, brutal' in a speech about the Russian war
on Ukraine. Bush Former US President George W Bush delivers a speech to
crew on board the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln following the US
invasion of Iraq [File: Larry Downing/Reuters] By Joseph Stepansky
Published On 19 May 202219 May 2022
Former United States President George W Bush has decried the "wholly
unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq" in a gaffe during a speech in
the US state of Texas.
The former president, who launched the 2003 invasion of Iraq under the
false pretence that the country was developing weapons of mass
destruction (WMDs), meant to decry the Russian invasion of Ukraine
during the speech in Dallas on Wednesday.
Instead, while criticising Russia's political system, he said: "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, of Ukraine," he said quickly.
He then said "Iraq too" to laughter from the crowd.
Observers were quick to seize on the startling apparent admission.
Several investigations have detailed how the Bush administration relied
on faulty intelligence while misleading the public in the lead up to
the war, with advocates calling for years for Bush and other officials
to be held accountable for what has been called an illegal invasion.
Andrew Stroehlein, the European media director of Human Rights Watch,
called the stumble the "Freudian slip of the century".
Freudian slip of the century...
Former US President George. W Bush denounces the "wholly unjustified
and brutal invasion of Iraq... I mean Ukraine."
-- Andrew Stroehlein (@astroehlein) May 19, 2022
Wrote Pouya Alimagham, a modern Middle East historian at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology: "Wow - the one time Bush told
the truth about the invasion of #Iraq."
Added writer Maris Kabas in a tweet: "If I could tell my 17-year-old
self one thing it's that George W Bush will admit to unjustly invading
Iraq in 17 years."
The US invasion of Iraq, which was officially completed in 2011, has
been directly attributed to widespread instability in the country that
led to the rise of the ISIL (ISIS) armed group.
The UK-based Iraq Body Count Project has recorded as many as 209,422
violent civilian deaths in Iraq since the March 2003 US invasion.
When the initial invasion began, the International Commission on
Jurists in Geneva said it represented a "war of aggression" that
constituted a crime under international law.
In 2010, a Dutch inquiry, the first-ever independent legal assessment
of the war, determined the invasion had "no basis in international
A year later, the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission found Bush and
former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair guilty of crimes against humanity
for the war. The verdict was not enforceable.
No but seriously, George W. Bush whisperingly affirms his own
self-description as launching a wholly unjustified and brutal
invasion of Iraq. He knows it, and he also knows that he'll never
face consequences even as they're called for Putin. So it's not
funny, it's impunity. https://t.co/waInFeCsOA
-- Will Greaves (@WillWJGreaves) May 19, 2022
Video of Bush's comment had been viewed about 10 million times on
Twitter early Thursday, with some observers saying the slipup indicated
more than just a guilty conscience.
"No but seriously, George W Bush whisperingly affirms his own
self-description as launching a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion
of Iraq," tweeted Will Greaves, an assistant professor of international
relations at the University of Victoria.
"He knows it, and he also knows that he'll never face consequences even
as they're called for Putin," he said. "So it's not funny, it's
I gave eye witness testimony at KL War Crimes Tribunal in 2012 on US
torture in #Bagram and #Gitmo alongside survivors #abughraib #Iraq.
Bush and his acolytes were found guilty in absentia of war crimes and
crimes against humanity. No joke. https://t.co/AgXTErieF2
-- Moazzam Begg (@Moazzam_Begg) May 19, 2022
Former Guantanamo Bay detention centre prisoner Moazzam Begg noted he
gave testimony at the Kuala Lumpur tribunal alongside former prisoners
tortured by US forces at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
"Bush and his acolytes were found guilty in absentia of war crimes and
crimes against humanity," he tweeted. "No joke." Source: Al Jazeera
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