'This Week' Transcript: Former President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush, Lt. General Ken Keen and USAID Chief Rajiv Shah.

TAPPER: President Clinton, you've talked about this effort will take years. Before the earthquake, you had convened donor conferences to raise money for Haiti. And at one donors conference, $500 million was pledged, more than that. And before the earthquake, you were about to get on some of those donors because about 10 percent -- 12 percent of that money had been disbursed. Most of it had not.

How do you keep focus of the international community, of the donors on a situation like this? Obviously in the next month there is going to be a lot of focus, but how do you make sure that in a year or two years there's still focus?

CLINTON: Well, I think that that's part of the U.N. job. The reason I took this job sort of to be the U.N.'s outside person. That is, my job is to work with the donor nations, international organizations, the Haitian Diaspora, potential investors, and the non-governmental organizations and the philanthropists.

But let me just say, I talked to the major donor nations on the phone two days ago. They all said they would speed up their commitment and stay involved. I had a meeting with 55 non-governmental organizations and wealthy investors who had promised to -- they said they would do more now.

I think that if we keep doing our job -- if we all hang around and do this and, you know, needle and nudge people and the Haitians do what they were doing before this happened -- keep proving that they want to modernize the country, I believe we can get the long-term commitment.

BUSH: Yeah. I think it's important for the Haitian government, once this initial stage of the crisis passes, to explain in clear terms a strategy that'll mean the money will be well spent. And, obviously, a lot of people are going to be concerned about spending -- it's one thing to save lives and it's going to be another thing to make sure that the long-term development project has got a reasonable plan.

The president has been very much involved in that and told me they have developed a reasonable strategy. And it will make it much easier to track capital in the long term if that's the case.

TAPPER: And following up on that, there have been some prominent conservative voices who have expressed a concern that the U.S. has done so much for Haiti already, and throwing money at Haiti isn't going to solve the problem because that's a -- it's a corrupt government and the money never goes to the right people.

How do you make sure it goes to the right people?

BUSH: Well, first of all, the first concern is the one that everybody ought to be thinking about, and that is to help save lives. I mean, I've seen it on the TV screens. You've seen it on the TV screens. There's just unbelievable devastation.

You read the e-mail report from a person who's obviously desperate. We've got to deal with the desperation. And there ought to be no politicization of that.

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