Nuclear Showdown: Fund Forces Matthews Back-Down [Chris-in-Retreat Video]

<p><img vspace="0" hspace="0" border="0" align="right" src="http://media.newsbusters.org/media/2007-01-19MSNBCHB.jpg" />Chris Matthews and John Fund had something of a nuclear showdown on this afternoon's Hardball. Matthews' current kick is worrying that President Bush might launch an attack on Iran without congressional authorization. In that context, talk turned to Saddam's nuclear program and that of North Korea.</p><p><b>View video <a href="http://media.newsbusters.org/media/2007-01-19MSNBCHB.wmv">here</a>.</b><... Fund, speaking of the build-up to the Iraq war: &quot;The administration said there were weapons of mass destruction. They never claimed the United States was in imminent danger.&quot;<br /><br />Matthews: <b>&quot;They did make the claim they [Iraq] had a nuclear weapon.&quot;</b><br /><!--break--><br />Fund: &quot;No!! They did not claim they had a nuclear weapon! Give me the statement!<br /><br />Matthews had none. The most he could muster was an Iraqi claim of a delivery system -- not of a weapon itself.<br /><br />Fund: &quot;Chris, do you believe North Korea has a nuclear weapon?&quot;<br /><br />Matthews, after some <i>serious </i>dead air: &quot;I don't know.&quot;<br /><br />Fund: &quot;You don't?? We know they do! They've <i><a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/2340405.stm">announced </a></i><a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/2340405.stm">it!</a>!&quot;<br /><br />Matthews: &quot;OK. But what's the point? What's the point here?&quot;<br /><p>Oh, I don't know: perhaps that Chris should get his facts straight before venturing into his next facedown with John Fund!</p><p><i>Mark was in Iraq in November. Contact him at mark@gunhill.net</i></p>

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