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Applebaum Vs. Powell

She faults him for not going to Europe much before the war to make the case for the administration’s policy. The obvious explanation for that failure is that Powell didn’t want to sell a policy in which he did not believe. I wonder if another factor was also at work: He may have felt he needed to stay in Washington to keep an eye on Rumsfeld.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.


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