Not sure why the hasty generalization. I’m just talking about Venezuela. I’m of the Iran-Contra affair era – I was a kid when Ollie North was on TV and I followed it as best I could. Stuff about it showed up in 80s kids cartoons too.
Basically, we’ve been doing whatever we can to “stay involved” in Venezuela. In the 80s, Reagan was giving arms – for oil of course. Relationship started getting funky in the 90s… but we still got oil. Then it got even more funky after 2002 – yet we were still getting oil … and in 2007… still getting oil whatever was happening in between Bush and that guy we’re all supposed to hate… etc.