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After Sending So Many to Die in Iraq, Bush Honors US Vets With Book of Paintings

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After leaving office, former President George W. Bush has kept himself busy with a surprising hobby, and he plans to release a book of US military veterans’ portraits next year. But Dubya’s 2003 invasion of Iraq — which endangered more than 100,000 US servicemen and women’s lives — has been widely condemned as a massively deadly debacle.

News of Bush’s new life as a painter shocked everyone when it was first revealed in 2013. These weren’t just the watercolor lighthouses and beachscapes you expect of most retirees. These included, surprisingly, nude self-portraits.

Thankfully, these early works will not be included in Bush’s new book of oil paintings, “Portraits of Courage.” Instead, the book will feature depictions of US military veterans.

“This is a book about the men and women who have been tremendous national assets in the Armed Forces – and who continue to be vital to the future success of our country,” reads the introduction, written by Bush. “The greatest honor of the presidency was looking them in the eye and saluting them as their Commander in Chief. And I intend to support and salute them for the rest of my life.” The book will be released on February 28, 2017, in two editions. A hardback version will retail for $35, and a deluxe autographed volume will be available for $250.

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