Pompeo doesn’t want World War III

The position of Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, favoring a strong military action against Syria puts him at odds with the rest of the Kansas congressional delegation. But his stand is more complicated than described in a local robocall campaign that began Sunday and urges people to contact the congressman and tell him to “start looking after the interests of Kansas and not Obama.” The recorded voice says: “World War III is not what we want from Mike Pompeo.” That’s not what Pompeo wants either, and he’s been sharply critical of President Obama’s handling of this and other foreign-policy matters. Given that Operation Rescue president Troy Newman reportedly is behind the robocalls, which say they are “paid for by Remove and Replace Pompeo,” it’s fair to wonder whether the real issue is not “Obama’s war on Syria,” as the calls put it, but abortion. Yet that makes no sense, given Pompeo’s strongly anti-abortion voting record. He doesn’t even support abortion in cases in which a woman has been raped.