I read the news about it too.
Long before that effort, Chavez was broadcasting his intentions to use Amerika as his bogey man to consolidate his grab for power of the oil.
Then our leaders thought to protect American interest in access to that oil, knowing that this deadly ink can kill an economy and affect millions of people.
This is power struggle at its ugliest.
There is always a moment when all leaders must sit it out and wait for their nation to be mugged or hurt.
Most with power cannot do it.
You will see your own country whore for the Chinese promise.
You have seen the Europeans prostitute itself for Saddam contracts during the whole period of mythical containment.
America's hands should have stayed out.
No doubt about that.
But in the high dark stratosphere of world leaders, they look at the macro effect to their national economy and the numbers are so large that would affect so many of their own people that moral clarity is only left for those such as you who have no clue what alternatives countries must face when they must morally do nothing.
Technology to wean ourselves from oil would help, but no country (NO COUNTRY) is anywhere near oil independence.
But that is a myth on a macro-economic level too.
I still support your condemnation, but when you look at the poor and middle class in your own cities, you have no idea how other countries can and will hold your people hostage, and then what clarity of morality can your leader say to you?