Pompeo chose poor time for partisan rant

Kansas Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran released aptly somber, nonpolitical statements after the killings of U.S. diplomats in Libya. Then there was U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, whose Thursday statement started out similarly but veered into shameless and tone-deaf partisan rhetoric that linked the attacks to the president’s “Carter-like” lack of “resolve and leadership.” Pompeo said: “The lessons from 1979 have been lost on this administration. It is not difficult to understand that our enemies see a green light to attack us when American leaders apologize and express moral equivalence between those who obey the rule of law and those who plot to destroy our country.” He also called Obama’s public response to the attacks “feckless,” finding the president insufficiently tough on the Egyptian government. “It is clearer today than ever before that the president’s foreign policy is fraught with failed leadership. Our military, Foreign Service and nation deserve better,” Pompeo concluded. Pompeo’s feelings about Obama are no secret, but his timing and tone were off and unproductive.