VENEZUELA….We already know that the Bush administration has trouble with clearly worded CIA briefing documents (“Bin Laden determined to attack inside the U.S.”), but today we get further word on the poor level of reading comprehension at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue:

  • April 6, 2002: A widely circulated CIA briefing paper about unrest in Venezuela states, “dissident military factions, including some disgruntled senior officers and a group of radical junior officers, are stepping up efforts to organize a coup against President Ch?vez, possibly as early as this month.”

  • April 12-14, 2002: Dissident military factions in the Venezuelan army organize a coup against Ch?vez.

  • April 17, 2002: A senior administration official tells the press, “The United States did not know that there was going to be an attempt of this kind to overthrow ? or to get Ch?vez out of power.”

The Bush adminstration also said that the United States was not actively involved in any way in the coup attempt. I wonder if they were lying about that too?