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My Proposal For The National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial

Yesterday, Senator John Boozman introduced S. 995, a bill to authorize a National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial, commemorating what has popularly become known as the first Gulf War, the precursor to the disastrous invasion and occupation of Iraq by the United States.

It’s an interesting idea, to memorialize one of the most embarrassing periods of American foreign policy and military history. What would this new war memorial look like? Where would it be placed.

desert storm memorialI have a suggestion.

I propose that the following serve as the National Desert Storm and Desert Shield Memorial: A series of motor oil stains on the pavement of the 4th floor of a parking garage just down the block from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C.

I couldn’t think of a more apt reminder of what American soldiers were really fighting for in the first Gulf War.

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