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Biden says Putin is losing the war in ‘Iraq’

Jason Palmer American Samoa
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U.S. President Joe Biden made a mistake on Tuesday when he mentioned that Russian President Vladimir Putin is losing the war in Iraq. However, it is important to note that Putin is actually involved in a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, not the Middle Eastern country where the U.S. and its allies intervened in 2003.

Biden refers to Ukraine as ‘Iraq’ when mentioning Putin losing war during a press conference in Washington

During a press conference in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, when asked about Putin, Biden stated, “It’s hard to tell but he’s clearly losing the war in Iraq.”

Biden was questioned about the extent to which Putin’s power has been diminished by the failed uprising in Russia. In his response, he mistakenly substituted Ukraine for the conflict that began with a coalition led by the United States invading Iraq and concluded in 2011.

“He’s losing the war at home and he has become a bit of a pariah around the world,” the president said at the White House.

“It’s not get NATO, it’s not just the European Union, it’s Japan,” he added.

The White House did not provide a response when asked for comments regarding the word swap.

It is well-known that the president occasionally makes verbal mistakes when speaking spontaneously, especially when answering questions from reporters. He has also made similar errors in the past but has corrected himself afterward.

During a campaign event in Maryland on Tuesday night, President Biden, made the same error by referring to Ukraine as Iraq.

“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. The one thing Putin counted on was being able to split NATO,” Biden said.

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During such events, he frequently expresses his thoughts more openly and tends to generate headlines with his impromptu comments. For example, last week he referred to Chinese President Xi Jinping as a dictator.

In Maryland on Tuesday night, Biden also had a momentary slip-up when he momentarily confused the home country of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who recently visited the White House.

“You probably saw my new best friend, the prime minister of a little country that’s now the largest in the world, China — I mean, excuse me, India,” he said.


About the author

Brendan Byrne

While studying economics, Brendan found himself comfortably falling down the rabbit hole of restaurant work, ultimately opening a consulting business and working as a private wine buyer. On a whim, he moved to China, and in his first week following a triumphant pub quiz victory, he found himself bleeding on the floor based on his arrogance. The same man who put him there offered him a job lecturing for the University of Wales in various sister universities throughout the Middle Kingdom. While primarily lecturing in descriptive and comparative statistics, Brendan simultaneously earned an Msc in Banking and International Finance from the University of Wales-Bangor. He's presently doing something he hates, respecting French people. Well, two, his wife and her mother in the lovely town of Antigua, Guatemala.

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