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Bootlegged
10-21-2004, 11:06 AM
Analysis: Clinton eyes U.N. post

By ROLAND FLAMINI, UPI Chief International Correspondent

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton has set his sights on becoming U.N. secretary-general. A Clinton insider and a senior U.N. source have told United Press International the 56-year-old former president would like to be named leader of the world body when Kofi Annan's term ends early in 2006.

"He definitely wants to do it," the Clinton insider said this week.

A Clinton candidacy is likely to receive overwhelming support from U.N. member states, particularly the Third World. Diplomats in Washington say Clinton would galvanize the United Nations and give an enormous boost to its prestige. But the former president's hopes hang on a crucial question that will not be addressed until after the presidential elections: can he get the support of the U.S. government -- a prerequisite for nomination?

The political wisdom is that a second George W. Bush presidency would cut him off at the pass. The notion of Clinton looming large in the international arena from "the glass tower" in New York would be intolerable to the Bush White House. If Democratic candidate, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., wins on Nov. 2 the prospect of Clinton as secretary-general won't exactly be welcome either, but Kerry would find it much harder -- if not impossible -- to go against it.

After a Middle East U.N. Secretary General (Boutros Boutros Ghali) and an African (Kofi Annan) it is generally considered Asia's turn to fill the post, U.N. experts say. No announcement has been made, but behind the scenes China is already pushing the candidacy of Thai Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai, who also seems to have U.S. support. If Clinton does emerge as a candidate, however, China would most likely shift its support, the experts say.

No American has ever been U.N. secretary-general, but the United States is both host country to the United Nations and the major contributor to its budget. A hostile U.S. Congress held up its dues for years -- until the Clinton administration negotiated a payment plan for Washington's arrears. Clinton also revived U.S. membership of UNESCO though the Americans did not actually move back into their offices at the Paris-based scientific and cultural U.N. agency until after the start of the Bush presidency.

President Reagan had taken the United States out of UNESCO in protest against alleged corruption by former top agency officials.

Clinton is currently recovering from the heart bypass surgery he had to undergo last month, and this has kept him away from the Kerry campaign after a few initial support appearances. The former president has told friends and Kerry staffers he plans to resume campaigning for Kerry, but on a limited scale because his recovery has been gradual. He has talked of his interest in taking over at the United Nations since the publication of his commercially successful autobiography, which he recently said had sold 1.9 million copies. Writing the book kept him busy after leaving office in 2000, but he is now ready to channel his considerable political skills and energy into another role in public life.

There had been rumors that he would run the Third Way organization, the world Social Democratic movement he had talked of launching together with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. But the political alliance had come unstuck and the idea ran out of steam partly because Blair and Schroeder found themselves on opposite sides in the Bush-led Iraq war.

Putting Clinton in charge of the United Nations would be a real test of international intentions, observers say.

"Critics of the U.N. complain that it's an organization without the muscle and will to put its decisions into effect," the U.N. source observed. "There's a good chance that Clinton could significantly change that situation, and then we'll see if the critics mean what they say."




Copyright 2004 by United Press International.
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Taco John
10-21-2004, 11:07 AM
I've been saying this for two years now...

Pants
10-21-2004, 11:07 AM
We need to change the constitution and make him the King of US.

KCWolfman
10-21-2004, 11:21 AM
That last paragraph is the funniest thing I have ever read regarding ol Willie.

Calcountry
10-21-2004, 11:26 AM
That last paragraph is the funniest thing I have ever read regarding ol Willie.
That would make it 3 Black UN secretary generals in a row.

Pants
10-21-2004, 11:29 AM
That would make it 3 Black UN secretary generals in a row.

LMAO. Wow I can't believe you actaully said something funny. Nice.

Baby Lee
10-21-2004, 11:35 AM
Jaysus!! The Dems are so unimpressed with their guy Kerry that their 'October Surprise' is to unroll this "a vote for Kerry is a vote for Clinton" stinker.

KCFalcon59
10-21-2004, 11:36 AM
Clinton as secretary general....corrupt leading the corrupt makes sense.

KCWolfman
10-21-2004, 11:37 AM
Clinton as secretary general....corrupt leading the corrupt makes sense.
And in other news, Don King has been named the sole leader of all Internationally recognized boxing commissions.

Pants
10-21-2004, 11:39 AM
Clinton as secretary general....corrupt leading the corrupt makes sense.

What's the point of that? Bush is corrupt too, as a matter of fact, majority of the presidents were corrupt.

mlyonsd
10-21-2004, 11:57 AM
He might actually be good at it as long as he doesn't offend some ambassador by boning his wife.

David.
10-21-2004, 12:10 PM
cool, the more americans over there, the less the Eurofocks try to tell us what to do.

Soupnazi
10-21-2004, 12:26 PM
There must be some great tits 'n' ass involved.

2bikemike
10-21-2004, 12:45 PM
Damn think of all the trim he could get doing that job. He could get trim all over the world. If that were to ever happen he better hope the doctors did a real good job on the old ticker. I am sure Hillary won't mind it will keep him away from her.

Calcountry
10-21-2004, 04:30 PM
He might actually be good at it as long as he doesn't offend some ambassador by boning his wife.
In Europe I think that sort of thing is actually kind of hip so he will fit in nicely.

Iowanian
10-21-2004, 05:53 PM
Who didn't know this was coming?

I've known for 13 years that Clinton wanted to be declared "king of the world"..........or at least Burger King

MadProphetMargin
10-21-2004, 08:12 PM
Fat young female UN staffers PWNED! ROFL

roman gnome
10-21-2004, 09:37 PM
"That would make it 3 Black UN secretary generals in a row."

That was pretty damn funny!

Iowanian
10-21-2004, 09:39 PM
Hey.........don't forget the lax sexule harrassment laws in those 3rd world nations he'd have to visit.

he could violate a trio of subtle virgin servants of Kofi Annon on their national TV and not even get a parking ticket for it.

That or take a step up and hump a Rhino on Safari........A step up, and smaller ankles than his wife......and more than likely a gentler Bedtime disposition.