Chavez & nukes
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is like a freshman pledge during rush week begging to join a fraternity of nuclear misfits. Iran and North Korea could be his frat brothers.
Mr. Chavez -- whose admiration of Cuban tyrant Fidel Castro proves he is as disturbed as he is dangerous -- has spent considerable energy trying to secure nuclear technology from rogue states such as Iran. Nuclear technology is needed to produce nuclear weaponry.
American intelligence does not have clear evidence he is plotting to produce deadly nukes. Yet.
However, there's no evidence the two countries even need nuclear power since they are awash in oil. But does anyone doubt they'd love to have the nuclear option to detonate their Marxist or Islamic revolutions?
Venezuela's vast oil reserves are fueling Chavez's megalomania. His lust for new jet fighters and a satellite in space suggests he will not be satiated even when his order for 100,000 AK-47 assault rifles is fulfilled.
When asked if he felt threatened by the United States, Chavez said that "I am on the offensive because attack is the best form of defense."
The attack on 9/11 should have taught this republic that enemy threats always -- always -- must be taken seriously.
Chavez acts as if the lesson still has not been learned. One more reason to keep him on a short leash with a choke collar.