It has simply become much easier to follow, then to lead. To lead takes work, but to follow.....well, it doesn't take much effort at all. This is where the U.S is heading, so I expect many nations will follow suit, and why wouldn't they? The U.S is the last leader in the free world, and when we finally fall, the others will fall like dominoes. This current situation is just the rantings of a dictator, there is no reason to invade columbia, other then to try and drag the America in to that fight. As we all know, this current administration will not act, so there is really no point in all of this, other then Chavez convincing himself, of what he already knows.