What the Global War on Terrorism(sic) National Monument should embody

 By ann summers

I wrote a very early story a couple of years ago on trying to think about a virtual or actual monument to this war and thought that even though we have ceased(sic) combat operations, that a national monument will eventually be constructed, probably not in my lifetime. Such a monument will suffer the same stupid politics of constructing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial recalling the sinophobia underlying the choice of designer, and since the Intertoobz is forever, here’s an early start on the iconographic program for that national memorial design competition.

  • Like other monuments to our national wars(sic) it should be located on or near the Capitol Mall, but this monument must not be called the National Global War on Terrorism Monument (just imagine a decade of Congressional hearings on the naming alone).
  • It should list every military casualty like the VVWM as engraving in its granite features, plinths or low walls plus perhaps even all the 9/1l civilian victims; my version would include every Iraqi and Afghani name in Romanized English.
  • It should have a life-size statue at the center in soviet-style realism of GW Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and Condi Rice standing and looking hopeful and pointing to Mecca. Dick Cheney’s ubiquity and iniquity is signalled by his absence. Given the possible controversy, a bipartisan touch would be to substitute a statue of the late Charlie Wilson (D-Tx).
    W. the Decider with the mushroom cloud and the known knowns


  • It should have four life-size* or actual M1 Abrams tanks (or three and a mechanized crane/tank) arranged on a four square axis and,
  • it will incorporate the twin tower dimensions and/or footprint of the 2001 WTC in the quadrants created by the tanks


  • It will also memorialize the US casualties of Desert Storm
  • It will have an enternal flame fueled by Iraqi oil or some biochemical material used in WMDs being incinerated.
  • it may have an eternal unarmed Reaper drone circling it at altitude that also protects the Capitol’s no fly-zone

* there was apparently an Abrams destroyed or disabled by a truck bomb in Baghdad during the initial attack that is rarely mentioned and a sculpture of that would be more appropriate for all the usual IED reasons



The Global War on Terrorism Service Medal (GWOT-S) is a military award of the United States military which was created by Executive Order 13289 on March 12, 2003 by President George W. Bush. The award recognizes those military service members who have performed service in the War on Terror from September 11, 2001, to a date yet to be determined.

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2 Responses to What the Global War on Terrorism(sic) National Monument should embody

  1. Ann, you have outdone yourself. Great idea. Maybe they could add a few mangled bodies and disabled vets in wheelchairs for that added bit of realism. War is not sanitary. Unlike Wiley Coyote, they don’t come back after being smashed in an explosion. Nor is it a video game with impossible physics and all we need to do is get to the next level.

    Frankly, at this rate, we will never reach the ten year post war point so a monument can be commissioned. I am beginning to think hundred year war. Babies born the year it started will not live long enough to see the end–the ones that survive being cannon fodder, that is.

  2. pete says:

    “W” riding a pumpjack with a plaque that says “The Decider”.

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