The former secretary of state goes to the mat for the defense nominee on “Meet the Press,” largely on the grounds that Hagel won’t be quick to send U.S. troops to war. Guilty conscience? In the interview Powell defends his role promoting the Iraq War, but one wonders. I hope Hagel has the courage Powell didn’t if he’s ever similarly pushed to commit men and women to a war of choice.

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