If you remember the early 2000s or know someone who did, you’re probably aware that the George W. Bush government invaded Iraq on pretenses, stayed for nearly a decade, and killed hundreds of thousands of people.
Many people were and are furious about it, but most of those responsible have never admitted that the invasion and subsequent war were completely pointless, that lives were lost in vain, and that the entire exercise became “the ’cause célèbre’ for jihadists, breeding a deep resentment of US involvement in the Muslim world and cultivating supporters for the global jihadist movement,” according to US intelligence agencies. Until today! By complete chance!
Bush noted that Russian President Vladimir Putin has systemically stifled popular dissent and imprisoned political opponents, leading to “an absence of checks and balances in Russia, and the decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq,” according to the 43rd President. ” “I mean, of Ukraine,” Bush corrected himself, shaking his head. Then he shrugged and murmured, “Iraq too,” before blaming the slip of the tongue on his advanced age.
During the battle, over 4,000 American forces perished, while Iraqi casualties have been estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands to close to one million.