On “Imus In the Morning” earlier today, Chris Matthews ripped into Bush’s handling of Iraq (Watch it here):
Everybody was led to believe that we were getting payback, we were avenging what happened on 9/11 and that we are going to get them. “¦ We pursued the terrorists back to Iraq. And it’s all nonsense. The reason there are terrorists in Iraq today like Zarqawi is we created the opening by blowing the country apart. “¦
I mean the denial has been continuous. So you really can’t count on the administration to tell you what is going on. That is just the fact. You’ve got to check it out. By the way, the president said this week that he wants the whole truth about what is going on in Iraq, the whole truth and that the media isn’t telling the whole story. I’ll tell you what we are not telling. We are not showing pictures of the twenty five hundred bodies coming back because they won’t let us show the pictures. They don’t want the whole truth out and that’s the fact.
Given Matthews’ stinging salvos against the Bush administration, we were anxious to see how White House Communications Director Nicolle Wallace would respond tonight on Hardball. Here are some highlights of what she said to Matthews:
I think you’re one of the few people who actually expends the time to really explain some of the complex issues.
This was not a choice and you do a good job talking about this, Chris, this was not a choice between leaving a benevolent leader like Saddam Hussein in power or engaging him or removing him.
Either the White House hasn’t been listening closely enough to Matthews or they have no objections to his analysis.