Walker: Apaches take a stand for Geronimo
Code names, stereotypes and SpongeBob missiles
Others just point out that military code names are chosen randomly. The Defense Department said no disrespect was intended.
Until you can come up with a single reason and support it with evidence from the Obama administration, you shouldn't bother trying. You're just guessing and it's pathetically obvious.
If the US wanted to convey daring, it could've used an alternative codename. General George Washington was daring, so let's call it "Operation Washington." If you believe this ridiculous line of "reasoning," why not?
If you don't know the military's reasoning, which is clearly the case, just say so. But spare us the worthless speculation.
Codename: Geronimo—The Blogosphere Reacts
"We didn't mean to call you a terrorist"
Was the choice of operation names an insult?
By John Hayward
No one in their right minds thinks the sniveling coward who answered for over three thousand murders last Sunday has anything in common with the eternal avatar of the Apache warrior spirit. The U.S. military doesn’t name its weapon systems after “Native American icons and cultures” as a gesture of contempt. Sports teams are not given Indian names because the fans look down on Indians. His great-grandson may choose to disagree, but I don’t see any disrespect in writing the fabled name of Geronimo into American history one more time, as part of a great victory for freedom, and justice for so many murdered families.
And of course most people don't intend to be racist--or so they say. And we can't prove otherwise because we can't read their minds. So Indians and other minorities have no reason to feel insulted. These minorities may be dung-eating, devil-worshiping beast-men, but hey, I was just kidding, so they can't blame me for their reactions.
Finally, a Native friend of mine vehemently opposes Indian mascots but says the "Geronimo" codename is irrelevant. I guess his argument is that mascots are an example of institutionalized racism while the codename was a one-time aberration. To that I'd say: Wrong. The codename is the tip of a centuries-old iceberg of submerged racist thinking. In the military alone, we see myriads of examples of the same institutional racism: Indians as warriors and killers--i.e., savages.
We see it everywhere else, too. Nicknaming a sports team "Redskins" is the same thing as nicknaming a military mission "Geronimo." Americans use the same stereotypical thinking to arrive at the same stereotypical result.
To reiterate: An Indian as a one-dimensional foe/fighter/warrior/savage/killer is no compliment. Being given any one-dimensional label is a insult to three-dimensional people, people.
As for the issue's relevance, the codename has generated more responses from tribal leaders and organizations than any issue in memory. It has appeared in major media outlets--e.g., the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. It was the subject of a Senate hearing. Anyone who thinks it isn't important to Natives doesn't understand what's important to them.
For more on the subject, see Advocates Criticize Codename at Hearing and Apaches Demand Apology for Codename.