Clinton for President UNSG?

Last January, Harper’s Magazine took a serious look at Bill Clinton as a candidate for UNSG. This morning, the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times added an amusing twist to the possibility that poses a challenge to domestic politics… and maybe to domestic bliss too! 

“The best thing Hillary Rodham Clinton could do for humanity is not run for president. Nothing against her personally, mind you; it’s just that her aspirations could get in the way of her husband’s worthier ones.”

The editors note Bill’s currency among Africans, Europeans and Arabs as well as with many Americans. They suggest also that Bill ”could bridge the growing divide between Washington and much of the world” and help his fellow citizens understand the UN’s mission. “Americans are largely disengaged with the [United Nations]’s actions,” they note. “Bill Clinton at the helm would change that overnight.”

But this won’t happen, say the editors, as long as Hillary continues to be a highly probable candidate for the U.S. presidency in 2008. Even if the practice of denying the office to P5 nationals were overlooked, having a Clinton both at Turtle Bay and in the White House may be too much for the rest of the world.

And the Times’ editors know which they’d prefer.

“If the Security Council members were truly inspired to pick the right man for the job, and if Hillary Clinton’s candidacy were the only obstacle standing between her husband and global leadership (granted, a big if), we’d like to think she’d do the right thing and put her presidential aspirations on hold. The world needs Bill more than the U.S. needs Hillary.”

And the rest of us thought the gives-and-takes in our marriages were challenging!

One Response to “Clinton for President UNSG?”

  1. Mr. Chan Hee Jung says:

    “Clinton need to work for Asian and reform at U.N.”

    Although I agreed to the editors note. I am dismayed at clinton’s currency among Africans, Europeans and Arabs as well as with many Americans.

    At first, the fact that Clinton is not Asian dismay me.

    (If you remember honorable name, Boutros Boutros-Ghali (Egypt) who was Annan’s predecessor as Secretary-General.
    You remember the fact that he could not work for U. N one more terms. It means that One tradition was faded in the name of reform at U. N. from that time.)

    The second, the fact that he failed to reform U. N at his terms as U. S President dismay me.

    (If U. N. have had independable Intelligence agency, the situation in Iraq before war would have been more hopeful.
    And, If Clinton had arrest the terrorist, the situation in New York before terror would have been more peaceful. )

    As one of Asian, I want to know clinton’s vision of U.N. (If Many Asian can not know Clintion’ vision, many asian can not know the exist of clinton’s currency.)

    Even though the editors suggest that Bill ”could bridge the growing divide between Washington and much of the world” and help his fellow citizens understand the UN’s mission, I think that the role of bridge is not enough for the role of next UNSG.
    The next UNSG should show a solution in the situation in Iraq and in the situation in U.N.

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