At Drudge today: Venezuela to Develop Nuclear Energy With Russian Help
Venezuela President Hugo Chavez said the South American country plans to develop a nuclear energy program with Russia and doesn’t want to build an atomic bomb.
Chavez said that the country’s oil and gas reserves won’t last forever and the government will seek alternative energy sources. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin agreed to help Venezuela’s nuclear energy program during a meeting in Moscow last week, Chavez said.
“We’re not going to make an atomic bomb, so don’t bother us like with Iran,” he said on state television. “We’re going to develop nuclear energy with peaceful purposes.”
I wonder if that “nuclear energy with peaceful purposes” will have anything to do with those missiles with a range of 300km (185 miles) that Vlad just sold Hugo last week.
Now ponder for a moment the mind of the head of a nuclear country who believes that the Russian missiles he just bought can be deployed underground (and that’s after he fumbles through the catalog):
…God forbid it, but know that soon we’ll start installing on the mountains, on the plains, on the shores, even underground, these rockets.”
But why fret? Hugo’s just a simpleton who poses no threat, as some would like to think, and his keen intellect is controlled by logical, sober reasoning.
Just last week he was tellling Ahmadinejad that Jesus and the Mahdi (the Shi’ite messiah) will arrive soon and establish justice in the world.. Isn’t Hugo Da Bomb?
But speaking of Ahmadinejad, Bloomberg continues,
Chavez is a close ally of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who’s under international sanctions for continuing with the country’s nuclear energy program under suspicions by the U.S. and its allies that Iran is working toward making atomic weapons.
Robert Morgenthau, New York’s District Attorney, said last week that Venezuela may be helping Iran skirt sanctions imposed by the United Nations and the U.S. by transfering funds through the Venezuelan financial system.
I’ll talk about this in this morning’s podcast at 11AM Eastern.
The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean will be up later.