Boz pointed out on Twitter that the State Department has declassified a bunch of documents related to Venezuela. Interesting stuff to look through, and there are lots of them. The very first document was the emphatic statement by the Defense Minister in February 1992 that there was no coup attempt. No one really believed that, and there are tons of documents showing how the U.S. was trying to figure out what was going on (and seemingly doing a pretty good job of doing so). Then there are more going all the way up to 2004, and you can see what I would call cautious alarm turn to more pointed criticism over time.