From Hardball Dec. 3, 2008. Chris talks to Joan Walsh and Michelle Bernard about George Bush's interview with Charlie Gibson on ABC.
Matthews: Joan I'm not sure what the message there is. Is the President saying in retrospect that he would not have invaded and occupied Iraq as a matter of geopolitical policy had there been no weapons of mass destruction? Is he saying that that was the single definitive reason why we went into that country and occupied it? Is that what he's saying?
Walsh: Yes. It seems like it. Charlie Gibson did follow up with that question Chris and he wouldn't quite answer it. But I just have to say that is the most astonishing, buck passing, self pitying answer I could have imagined. He acts as though the Intelligence agencies where some wholly owned subsidiary of some other administration, rather than his, his responsibility. He acts like people outside the administration agreed when he was responsible for pushing that faulty intelligence, for stove piping it and ignoring everything. That any kind of doubt, any kind of dissent and really cooking the books in terms of the case for WMDs. I mean it's really scandalous how he's distancing himself.
Somebody had to say it. Of course Matthews and Bernard are a day late and a dollar short with their commentary that follows. Matthews does some truth telling now when he was a cheer leader for the invasion along with the rest of them before we went in there. Bernard thinks that somehow Bush was trying to apologize to Powell during the interview. Yeah, sure he was.