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Our editorial report I'm Paula -- go well it's official Barack Obama ruled out.
His foreign policy team this week with former rival Hillary Clinton as secretary of state the announcement came after a deal was struck.
With former President Bill Clinton to disclose publicly the names of more than 200000.
Donors to his presidential library and foundation.
Here with a look at what we're likely to find on that list and how it might complicate.
The new administration's foreign policy Wall Street Journal foreign affairs columnist Bret Stephens assistant editorial page editor James Freeman.
Opinion journal dot com columnist John fund and Washington columnist Kim -- -- Well James we know that they've been raising money Bill Clinton and his allies -- over since 1997 for his foundation and -- library what do we know about that -- way.
-- we yeah we know the money was ramping up over the last few years perhaps.
In anticipation of Hillary becoming president 1997.
129 million in revenue for the William J.
Clinton Foundation that was -- that was 201032007.
Now if you go to live web -- -- the William J.
Clinton Foundation you'll see the tax form they file with the IRS you'll see all the money what you will not see is the names of -- donors and so this remains largely a mystery he steadfastly refused to release that during the presidential primary campaign despite pleas from the press and and rivals to do so that's right and -- more likely to get away with a well I think you have to wonder.
What's on that list as far as how -- got away with it right I think it's bizarre I mean one and some people might ask -- why they didn't.
Disclose at that moment when it was an issue in the campaign when he's willing to narrative let her be secretary of state.
I will find out what my hope is that these -- come out soon some people can examine them before -- -- compliment him.
-- hit having refused to do that now brothel and during the campaign and then -- have agreed as the prices of making her secular state with Barack Obama doesn't Obama gets some credit for.
For forcing their hand on this or -- and what do you think -- be the political implications are.
Well look I don't think that he necessarily gets cut I think -- had to be the basic level of disclosure for her to do this this is an enormous thing you're talking about one of the most influential people in the world.
Setting policy and and you don't know what the ties are with her husband between all of these different people around the world.
And that is what the the policy implications I look at -- -- When it comes out that a lot of people on this list are Arab sheiks or other.
Maybe dubious figures across the world how is that going to influence Hillary Clinton's negotiations.
With some of these big countries and that is that the big concern.
-- the potential for conflict of interest it really does exist John and we know going back to the 1990s with.
-- realities of Indonesia and the lippo group of China from the 1996 campaign.
That they they have a long string of foreign friends.
Well exactly and remember Bill Clinton has effectively been a de facto ambassador for -- and foreign policy these last few years.
Denigrating the Bush Administration explaining away.
America's foreign policy mistakes I think that what the clintons are up to right now.
As a foreign policy franchise and any time that you've got these donors involved here you can have suspicions of conflicts of interest that is why.
I think if these names did not come out immediately and I think that what the about a mystery is gonna try to do is pull a fast one and tried to delay release of them as long as possible.
I think it makes the confirmation hearings.
Before the senate -- James tell us about the context on episode that's one we do know about thanks to report last year in the New York Times about the trip Bill Clinton took to that central Asian nation.
And a donor with a Canadian business that's right the other Canadian businessman frank used.
And -- mr.
Clinton flew into town this is -- five went to see the president.
I can extend ourselves on news of bio of and that very good Villa in the longtime -- I got a very -- this resolved and they are odd twist contradicting what the position in the United States government and the position of Senator Hillary Clinton.
Bill Clinton endorsed.
Right after this meeting mr.
not -- -- withstand a hit this other group that promotes democracy and monitors elections.
This was seen -- very bizarre at the time because this guy has run -- -- with an iron fist for twenty years crush dissent that occasionally holds an election that.
Where he wins with over 90% of the vote -- -- allegations of ballot stuffing.
What was the businessman doing on this trip well coincidentally right after this meeting he got to any.
Concession basically was allowed to buy -- cavs stayed in state uranium mining operation it was enormous windfall for him.
And then he made a big event -- held to 31 point three million dollars go from the Canadian mining -- -- -- -- inside -- we should he should add -- mr.
-- -- -- there was no connection to this this is strictly charitable contribution he's done that the letters to the editor for for the record but this is a potential.
That that exists for these kinds -- conflict of interest -- how much do you think that complicates.
Obama's foreign policy.
Well I mean to -- it will find out as sad as as these names appear but it's hard to believe that they're not going to.
You know when you're dealing with the for instance the United Arab Emirates where Bill Clinton is frequently.
Speeches or or potentially in places that surround.
-- conflicts on courses in the greater Middle East that's a huge that's a huge complication but I think we should also.
Stress what an actual Clinton foreign policy.
Might might look like Clinton foreign policy not an Obama foreign policy that she work for him -- I mean isn't that the idea she'd lost the election you know she works for him.
Clinton foreign policy -- terms of Hillary it's also Clinton foreign policy in terms of bill I think what we're seeing here is the restoration.
In terms of our foreign policy outlook of the Bill Clinton.
Years and people now look back on that on on that period and say well it was a period of peace and prosperity so it's a good thing that we're gonna go back to it.
I think it's worth reminding ourselves that during that period we were storing up.
A great deal of trouble with the with the with the -- feeling to go after Osama bin Laden with enough.
I would enough muscle by promoting this -- Arab Israeli peace process a lot of people are saying that she is to the right of Obama affecting as she tries she was stuck to be more hawkish on Iran for example -- -- bring that point of view to the administration I think what -- Obama's -- has revealed -- that was pure campaign.
Positioning she thought she had a better chance presenting yourself as moderate.
He thought he had a better chance presenting herself as a leftist but when I look at this team that Obama has assembled.
People are saying it's a team of rivals I disagree I think it's a team of conformist these are people who believe.
In the kind of beltway establishment notions negotiate with the -- and resume the Arab Israeli peace process.
Put on a better face the rest of the world so I don't I I think this rivalry ideas of -- fiction and I will have some fun watching our thing.
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