Wally Brewster (r) and his husband Bob Satawake
“Speak softly and carry a big stick” summed up American President Theodore Roosevelt’s foreign policy in the early years of the 20th century. “Wrap yourself in a rainbow and carry a big stick” is becoming US foreign policy in the early years of the 21st century.
The latest example of the United States forcing LGBT views upon smaller countries who depend on American aid and trade comes from the Dominican Republic.
In 2013 President Obama appointed Wally Brewster Ambassador to the Caribbean nation of 10 million people. Mr Brewster, a top LGBT fundraiser for the President, took up residence with his husband, Bob Satawake. Both men had been gay rights activists back in the US.
They have brought a reforming zeal to the Dominican Republic. This week the New York Times ran a profile of Mr Brewster, painting him as a benevolent tutor in human rights for a benighted, largely-Catholic nation. It closed with a note of gratitude to the ambassador from a young gay man: “I have no words to thank you for being here and give me and my lover hope to fight and stay together.”
What was missing in the flattering profile is a long list of complaints in the local media about the bullying tactics used by Mr Brewster to promote LGBT rights, ranging from outright threats to creating and funding local organisations. […]