It has long been common for an American president to thank his financial and other backers with plum ambassadorial appointments. In 1938, for example, President Roosevelt appointed Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., as the United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James in London. While there, Ambassador Kennedy created a great deal of mischief with his support of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s defeatist policy of appeasement with Hitler. (Ambassador Kennedy sought a number of meetings with Hitler without State Department knowledge and approval. One of the attempted meetings with Herr Hitler was shortly before Nazi bombers began attacking English cities in September 1940.) The British MP, Baron Josiah Wedgwood, said of Ambassador Kennedy, “We have a rich man, untrained in diplomacy, unlearned in history and politics, who is a great publicity seeker.”
Late last week, Mr. Obama nominated five open homosexuals to serve as United States ambassadors. These include Dr. Daniel Baer as ambassador to the Vienna-based Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (“OSCE”). Presently, Dr. Baer is Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. Formerly, Dr. Baer was a professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Mark Bromley, Chairman of the Council for Global Equality (www.globalequality.org ), observed:
In recent years, the OSCE has provided an important forum to denounce LGBT hate crimes and restrictions on LGBT organizations. As a strong champion of human rights for all, and an openly gay man who has stood firmly for equal treatment for LGBT individuals globally, we are delighted by this appointment and hope the U.S. Senate will act quickly to confirm him. Anti-LGBT measures are sweeping across Eastern Europe, including this week in Russia, and we know that Dan will be uniquely positioned to speak out against these threats to human rights and human security in Europe.
When confirmed, Dr. Baer would be the first open homosexual to serve as our nation’s ambassador to a multilateral institution. Next, HBO Vice President James Costos who, together with his partner, White House decorator Michael Smith, raised more than $1 million for President Obama’s re-election campaign, was named ambassador to Spain. Chad Griffin, president of Human Rights Campaign (“HRC”), a homosexual advocacy group, gushed:
Ambassador-designate James Costos is a true citizen of the world. He has incredible global business experience and is a respected and innovative leader. He has solid business and political relationships at the highest levels and a proven commitment to community, philanthropy, human rights, and democracy that make him an outstanding choice to be the nation’s next ambassador to Spain.
Third, Rufus Gifford was nominated as ambassador to Denmark. Ambassador-designate Gifford is estimated to have raised $700 million as the head of Obama’s 2012 finance operation, and had previously held a similar job for the Democratic National Committee. Although Mr. Griffin of HRC was more muted about Mr. Gifford as compared to Mr. Costos, he did state:
Rufus Gifford is a terrific choice to represent our country in Denmark. His demonstrated leadership and unwavering commitment to democracy and human rights will serve him well as he represents America’s interests abroad. I urge the Senate to confirm his nomination.
Fourth, the current director of the Office of Personnel Management, John Berry, has been nominated as ambassador to Australia. According to the Washington Post, Mr. Berry is the highest-ranking homosexual official in federal history, and is “President Obama’s ambassador to the LGBT community.” Mr. Berry’s partner is Curtis Yee, a former attorney now working in real estate. Finally, James “Wally” Brewster, managing partner of SB&K Capital hedge fund in Chicago, is also a high-dollar Obama fundraiser whose ambassadorial assignment is as yet unknown. There is practically no information publicly available about SB&K Capital.
If confirmed by the Senate, the United States will have six openly homosexual ambassadors around the world. I am certain that Mr. Obama nominated these gentlemen for their exceptional talents and abilities to advocate artfully for American values and traditions, in addition to an excellent knowledge of international affairs and world history. I am in no doubt that these men were not selected primarily for the way they engage in carnal relations. (Incidentally, why weren’t any lesbians or homosexuals of color found qualified to serve as ambassadors? I hope that an intrepid White House reporter will be asking that question of Mr. Jay “Blarney” Carney soon.) Nevertheless, the Senate confirmation process will be useful and informative in making due inquiry into the extraordinary abilities of each of these gentlemen. I, of course, do not know any of the gentlemen, though one of them is my neighbor. But these gentlemen should also know that this Administration has allowed our foreign diplomats to die without aid or succor. Please remember the warning of Baron Wedgwood. Poor and potentially dangerous ambassadorial appointments have happened before.