Wikileaks: Bill Clinton Says Lebanon Is Succeeding Because It Is ‘Tolerant’ of Refugees

Garbage piles up at a temporary dump on a highway in the town of Jdeideh, north of the Lebanese capital Beirut, on September 22, 2016.
Lebanon is entering a new garbage crisis after the government reached a temporary solution to the eight-month-long garbage crisis in March 2016. / AFP / PATRICK BAZ        (Photo credit should read PATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images)
In a private fundraiser speech made public in today’s release of hacked Wikileaks emails, former president Bill Clinton referred to the country of Lebanon as a positive example in the world. Lebanon, he argued, was “hanging on against all the odds” because it is a “more tolerant” society than many of its neighbors. Lebanon has taken in over one million refugees (its total population does not exceed five million), and it has not had a president since 2014 because the Muslim-controlled Parliament has blocked a Christian from taking the post. Lebanese law requires the president to be a Maronite Christian. Clinton’s speech is now public after being emailed to current Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta as an attachment. Wikileaks has been releasing thousands of emails hacked from Podesta’s account all month. This particular speech, at a Virginia fundraiser for the Clinton campaign, occurred behind closed doors almost exactly a year ago; it is marked “October 19, 2015.” Clinton begins the speech by reminding listeners that the content is not for public consumption. “I think I should say, we asked people not to record this,” he begins. “It sounds like old Clinton’s in his dotage and he may say something terrible,