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CNSNews.com) – Addressing an event on “global LGBT rights,” a senior State Department official on Wednesday sounded a note of caution about how the U.S. promotes such issues in religiously or culturally conservative countries, warning of the risk of a backlash there.“There are times and places where I believe we need to temper our idealism with at least a certain degree of realpolitik,” principal deputy assistant secretary Richard Hoagland told an audience at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.“In our desire to do good, we should never forget the terribly important maxim, ‘First do no harm,’” Hoagland continued. “There are countries in the world, whether religiously or culturally deeply conservative, that will react to our values and goals with backlash against their own LGBT citizens.”“We should maintain enough humility to remember that we are terribly new at promoting LGBT human rights as U.S. foreign policy. Of course we want to do good – but we should do it, with patience, in a way that results in the maximum benefit for those we want to help.”
But in the meantime, let's turn compliant and supine when it comes to real issues of international realpolitik, like the de facto invasion of ukraine by russia.