On May 18, 2022, former President George W. Bush said in a speech: “The decision of one man to launch a brutal and unjustified war in Iraq…I mean Ukraine.”
Wednesday, President Joe Biden, who as Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee greased the skids for Bush’s "brutal and unjustified war in Iraq," said that Russian President Putin is “clearly losing the war in Iraq.” Biden one-upped W by making that boo-boo twice. On Tuesday he said: “If anybody told you – and my staff wasn’t so sure, either – that we’d be able to bring all of Europe together in the onslaught on Iraq and get NATO to be completely united, I think they would have told you it’s not likely.
Bush laughed off his Iraq gaffe, attributing it to his being “75.” Biden didn’t attribute his Iraq reference to his age (80). But it’s more likely both made Freudian Slips, haunted by the knowledge they’re responsible for hundreds of thousands of Iraqi deaths as well as 4,400 US deaths in an illegal, immoral, criminal war.
At least Bush is out of the war business, relegated to a tragic and forgotten figure of a grotesque American military adventure. But Biden is still at it, destroying innocents with bombs and sanctions in many countries. He’s guaranteeing that Ukraine is being inexorably destroyed by providing them with billions in weapons to continue fighting instead of negotiations which could save them.
No, old age doesn’t cause those damning words ‘brutal, unjustified, onslaught, Iraq war’ to fall from their lips. It’s the guilt that will haunt them for the rest of their lives.
Walt Zlotow became involved in antiwar activities upon entering University of Chicago in 1963. He is current president of the West Suburban Peace Coalition based in the Chicago western suburbs. He blogs daily on antiwar and other issues at www.heartlandprogressive.blogspot.com.