Lynne Cheney ‘Marshals Support’ For Iraq War at Elementary School

Lynne Cheney “was the latest Bush administration figure sent to marshal support for the United States’ Iraq policy,” the AP reported today.

Her audience? Fourth- and fifth-graders at Washington-area two elementary schools.

For her part, Cheney did allow some questions, a practice President Bush frequently resists:

When a student asked how the Iraqi constitution would benefit the country’s children, she said the change would be significant. It gives them the chance to grow up in…”a different society from the brutal one they used to live in.”

Unfortunately, that’s not the case. It may be a different society, but for many Iraqi children, it’s still brutal (more here):

Acute malnutrition among young children in Iraq has nearly doubled since the United States led an invasion of the country 20 months ago, according to surveys by the United Nations, aid agencies and the interim Iraqi government. […]

The new figure translates to roughly 400,000 Iraqi children [under five] suffering from “wasting,” a condition characterized by chronic diarrhea and dangerous deficiencies of protein.

The surveys suggest the silent human cost being paid across a country convulsed by instability and mismanagement. While attacks by insurgents have grown more violent and more frequent, deteriorating basic services take lives that many Iraqis said they had expected to improve under American stewardship.

Iraq’s child malnutrition rate now roughly equals that of Burundi, a central African nation torn by more than a decade of war. It is far higher than rates in Uganda and Haiti.

Lynne Cheney should have given the kids a lesson in the consequences of failing to plan.