Powell tried to slow the rush to war in 2002. In the final analysis, he lacked the moral fiber to take the last steps available to him: resign and speak out against the war.
On the other hand, his situation was directly analogous to Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan`s in 1915. Fearing that President Wilson was propelling America into the Great War, Bryan resigned.
That`s why Bryan`s name is treated with such reverence in the media today.
Oh, sorry, wrong universe ... Nobody remembers Bryan`s sacrifice of the highest position he ever attained. They just snicker at him for the Monkey Trial. And we ended up in the war anyway...