The United States requested that Malaysia halt a shipment of suspected nuclear parts in the 1990s, years before a company here was linked to a network supplying Libya, Iran and North Korea with weapons-making technology, Malaysia’s former leader said Thursday.
In an interview, former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told The Associated Press that Malaysia stopped one shipment of stainless steel pipes at Washington’s request.
“We didn’t know where they were headed,”Mahathir told AP. “They didn’t say if it was for centrifuges. There were some reports submitted to me, saying that there was this American objection. They said it was meant for some nuclear thing.”
Mahathir, who retired as prime minister Oct. 31 after 22 years in power that saw Malaysia develop as a high-tech manufacturing center, also endorsed Democratic contender John Kerry in the U.S. presidential race, saying he would keep the world safer than President Bush.
“I think Kerry would be much more willing to listen to the voices of people and of the rest of the world,” Mahathir said.
For more on the vile Mahathir Mohamad, check out Matt Stinson’s run-down.
So far, Kerry has the endorsements of Mahathir Mohamad and Kim Jong-il, as well as the support of the new Socialist government in Spain. Too bad the phones are down in Arafat’s compound- I bet he is just dying to weigh in on the issue.
Is this a fair attack on Kerry? Of course not- how can he control what those lunatics think and do? This is about as unfair as saying that David Duke probably supports Bush, and oh, btw, ran as a Republican candidate once (after running as a Democrat, we might add). Have you ever seen the left-wing of the blogosphere have any restraint on these issues? Of course not- they are too busy trying to prove that Prescott Bush was a Nazi, just like the current President.
At any rate, this is self-inflicted damage. Kerry started it with his cheap shots about the utterly irrelevant attitudes of certain foreign leaders he had spoken to in private, he fanned the flames by being an obnoxious SOB to a man at a rally, and now he is reaping what he has sown. Except now he doesn’t want any help:
Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry yesterday renounced all endorsements of foreign leaders, after his campaign faced questions this week over his claim that world leaders told him face to face they want him to defeat President Bush.
“This election will be decided by the American people, and the American people alone,” said Mr. Kerry’s foreign policy adviser, Rand Beers. “It is simply not appropriate for any foreign leader to endorse a candidate in America’s presidential election.
“John Kerry does not seek, and will not accept, any such endorsements.”
You can almost smell the clutch and hear the gears grinding as they slammed this baby into reverse.