This, from the Guardian:
Telling somewhat less than tasteful jokes about weapons of mass destruction has been an occasional pastime of a number of senior US Republican politicians.
George W Bush, at a 2004 press dinner, showed a series of photos of him searching the Oval Office while telling guests: “No they’re not here”.
Ronald Reagan, during a sound check for a regular radio broadcast, joked he had signed legislation to outlaw Russia and that the “bombing will begin in five minutes”.
And John McCain, at a 2007 rally, sang “Bomb, bomb, Iran” to the tune of a Beach Boys song.
It’s not yet clear whether the prospect of joining this exclusive club was the motivation for the Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, to have a quip about nuclear weapons yesterday.
But that is where he finds himself after asking his mining minister during a televised cabinet meeting: “How’s the uranium for Iran? For the atomic bomb?”
Chávez’s mocking drew sniggers from cabinet members. Rodolfo Sanz, the mining minister who had turned up late, grinned.
By way of underscoring just how morbid this joke actually was, the article explained that Chavez made the joke following media reports last month showing that Iran is helping Venezuela detect uranium deposits. Nice going, Hugo.Back to top