The September 11 attacks apparently were merely "criminal acts of terrorism" to the mind of MSNBC host Chris Matthews. They were not acts of war.
What's more, according to the "Hardball" host, "acts of war are not bad in themselves." [audio available here]
"We never said that in our country's history," Chris Matthews insisted on the March 5 "Hardball" program.
"Well, of course acts of war are bad, if they're committed against innocent American civilians," Republican strategist Ron Christie responded.
Matthews refused to concede the point, however: "That's right, that's called a criminal act of terrorism."