Richard Rich Quits as Ambassador to Malta
Hattip to Creative Minority Report.
Richard Rich, Douglas Kmiec, in the wake of a state department report declaring that he was pretty much a disaster as Ambassador to Malta, has resigned. The LA Times has the details:
He complained that, as a result of the inspector general’s recommendation that he end that work, “my voice has been prevented from speaking; my pen has been enjoined from writing; and my actions have been confined to the ministerial.”
Kmiec, a devout Roman Catholic and a onetime frequent contributor to The Times opinion pages, held important legal posts under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He has been a prominent figure in the antiabortion movement and in efforts to give greater latitude for religion in public life.
After Obama was elected, Kmiec was appointed ambassador to Malta, a conservative Catholic island, and White House officials said that one of his roles would be to advance Obama’s views on interfaith dialogue.
But the inspector general’s report, issued in February, says he had an “unconventional approach to his role” and devoted much time to writing on the “interfaith initiative.” It said his official schedule was “uncharacteristically light,” and that he had had “friction with principal officials in Washington, especially over his reluctance to accept their guidance and instructions.”
Department officials spent considerable time reviewing and editing Kmiec’s writings related to religion, and they barred him from organizing conferences aimed at improving relations between religions, officials said.
In his letter to Obama, Kmiec said that in his post he had devoted time to “what I know you believe in most strongly, namely, personal faith and greater mutual understanding of the faiths of others as the way toward greater mutual respect.” The letter also said that he held “the highest respect for your leadership.”
Now Mr. Kmiec will have all the time in the world to explain how he did not betray the pro-life cause through his endorsement of Obama in 2008. I await with eager anticipation his writings on the subject.