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    jiaruchan is offline Member
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    Default President/Former President/Then-president

    In 2003, President/former president/then-president George W. Bush of the USA launched the Iraq War.

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    My question is: can 'former president' be applicable here without giving the impression that he was a former U.S. president in 2003?
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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Default Re: President/Former President/Then-president

    Logically, yes, because former presidents cannot launch wars after they leave office, but I think then is clearer.

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