Former US president George W. Bush has a new hobby – painting portraits of military men and women he once sent into battle.
An image of the former President painting the image of a returned serviceman was posted his official Instagram account yesterday to commemorate Veterans Day.
“Over the past several months, I’ve painted the portraits of 98 wounded warriors I’ve gotten to know — remarkable men and women who were injured carrying out my orders,” the post’s caption reads.
The mea culpa is followed by a plug for an upcoming book and special exhibit, Portraits of Courage, expected to be launched in spring 2017 — the proceeds of which will be donated to the George W. Bush Presidential Center and the Military Service Initiative.
Mr Bush instigated a US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. Two years later he also ordered the invasion of Iraq.
While the Department of Defense only lists 52,010 veterans as “wounded in action”, an estimated 970,000 veterans have lodged disability claims as a result of injuries and medical complications arising from their time in service in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Earlier this week, Mr Bush contacted President-elect Donald Trump to congratulate him on his election, CNN reports, after denouncing Mr Trump’s “isolationism, nativism and protectionism” months earlier at a private fundraiser in Cincinnati.