Chavez left red-faced by three-year-old boy

Fidel Castro’s favorite parrot, Hugo Chavez, appears to have finally listened to the King of Spain.

Gee, I wonder why?

A 3-year-old boy has scored a political trifecta, embarrassing Latin America’s most powerful guerrilla group and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and giving a boost to Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.

Chávez suffered a humiliating embarrassment. The FARC’s (CDW note: a leftist rebel group in Colombia that Chavez has become chummy with) offer to release the three hostages (CDW note: including the aforementioned three-year-old boy, which turned out NOT to be under FARC control) to him had put him in the spotlight. He had assembled a team of high-profile international observers to witness the release — including former Argentine President Néstor Kirchner and U.S. filmmaker Oliver Stone — and sent Venezuelan helicopters to pick them up in the jungle. They were left waiting.

It was his second political blow in the last two months. In early December he lost a referendum to change the constitution, including one article that would have allowed him to seek indefinite reelection.

Since the botched operation — which he had dubbed Operation Emmanuel after the little boy — Chávez has remained unusually quiet.

Cat got your tongue there, Hugo?