Paul O'Neill says the press is out of control.
That started what O'Neill described to NBC's "Today" show as a "red meat frenzy that's occurred when people didn't have anything except snippets."
"People are trying to make a case that I said the president was planning war in Iraq early in the administration," O'Neill said.
"Actually, there was a continuation of work that had been going on in the Clinton administration with the notion that there needed to be regime change in Iraq."
And then, there is this comment on Paul O'Neill himself...
This pattern of saying something, being surprised by the reaction, and wanting to take it back is why he got fired in the first place.