According to Dictator Hugo Chavez’s administration, Iran is helping Venezuela detect uranium deposits and initial evaluations are suggesting the reserves are “significant” especially in the western part of Venezuela. And of course, just like Ahmadinejad in Iran, Chavez says that Venezuela is concerned about developing nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

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YAY. Now Venezuela wants to join the “Despots with Nukes” club. The blowhard Chavez though, is already dismissing his critics’ concerns over his Venezuela’s nuclear ambitions. He says his intentions are purely peaceful and that his country simply wants to follow in the footsteps of other South American nations, like Brazil and Argentina, who are using atomic energy. So is Venezuela seeking help from Iran to obtain uranium?

But of course.

They have a lot in common actually. Hugo Chavez and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are well-known for their snarky, provocative “I hate America” rhetoric. Because of their mutual hatred of us, they have forged partnerships in everything from finance to factories, causing a lot of concern in Washington. Iran now even manufactures cars, tractors and bicycles in Venezuela.

Recently, Hugo Chavez cut a deal with Tehran to export 20,000 barrels of gasoline daily giving Iran some reserve should the West ever carry out threats of fuel sanctions over Iran’s nuclear program. They really are becoming the best of friends.

Michael Shifter of the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington has said that regardless of whether the uranium exploration efforts between Venezuela and Iran lead to nuclear cooperation, they are going to cause “a serious problem in the relationship” between Caracas and Washington.

Chavez’s government has “clearly announced they’re sort of beginning down this road,” Shifter said. “It’s going to be very difficult for the U.S. to really pursue any cooperation with Caracas on other issues because this is going to top everything else.”

“Very difficult”? Apparently our U.S. State Department has indicated only “concerns” about a possible transfer of nuclear materials between Iran and Venezuela. If I were an evil despot, that language wouldn’t even cause me to pause, much less stop. What about you?

Timing is everything though, even in the lives of the evil. Chavez’s announcement about obtaining uranian comes right on the heels of the latest revelation that Iran has secretly been building a 2nd uranium-enrichment plant. But what do they care? Iran is already under 3 separate sets of UN Security Council sanctions over their unwillingness to stop uranium enrichment at its “only” nuclear facility. They mock and laugh at the UN just like everyone else.

Venezuela’s uranium project is in its planning stages and still faces a number of practical hurdles that will likely require billions of dollars, as well as technology and expertise that Venezuela doesn’t have but is anxious to get. Ever “helpful” with dictators and such, Russia has offered to help bridge that gap for Venezuela. Chavez has announced that the two countries have created an atomic energy commission. So now as Venezuela seeks help from Iran to obtain uranium, the world becomes an even more dangerous place. And the incompetent “leader of the free world”, Barack Obama, will most certainly not be ready to handle a nuclear Venezuela either.

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