By Todd "Turbo" Watson
There are some parallels between the renowned Apache leader and Bin Laden.
Like Bin Laden, Geronimo was once surrounded by U.S. soldiers in the Robledo Mountains of southwest New Mexico, hidden in a cave from which he seemingly never came out. But somehow, he escaped, both from the cave, and from the clutches of U.S. soldiers.
A story that is, of course, eerily reminiscent of Bin Laden being similarly trapped in caves in the mountains of Tora Bora in December 2001, from which he also escaped.
But not this time.
By Michael Scherer
Osama bin Laden codename "Geronimo"
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Osama bin Laden dead: code name Geronimo
As President Barack Obama and his team sat on tenterhooks in the Situation Room, the CIA director Leon Panetta broke the silence with the memorable words: "We have a visual on Geronimo."
Comment: The direct quote from Leon Panetta, following the other bits of evidence, seems conclusive. Bin Laden was codenamed "Geronimo."
Which genius thought of this codename? I look forward to the next terrorist labeled "Chivington," "Custer," or "Jackson."
As I said to Native journalist Rob Capriccioso, who's looking into the matter, "If you get a spokesperson, ask how many other racist codenames the US military has in its repertoire."
There's absolutely no truth to the rumor that Ayman al Zahawiri, the new Terrorist no. 1, has been codenamed "Harriet Tubman," "Cesar Chavez," or "Malcolm X."
Just wondering...will the first book or movie based on Bin Laden's death be called Codename: Geronimo? Or How the US Killed Geronimo: The Terrorist, Not the Indian?
In related news, US Considers Aboriginal Groups Threats. The Pentagon thought about naming them after Indians. But then realized, "Wait a sec, they're already Indians."
How about naming one of our sports teams the "Al Qaeda Terrorists"? Too soon?
Eventually, we should "honor" them for valiantly fighting for what they believe in, right?
I guess this explains why Obama didn't talk about national security at the first tribal summit. The whole "Bin Laden as Geronimo" thing might not have gone down well.
I wonder if the US used Apache helicopters to kill "Geronimo." Another reason why Indian names don't belong in the military.
There's no truth to the rumor that the next anti-American terrorist who tries to destroy the Union will be codenamed "Robert E. Lee."
US backtracks on racist slur
Now people are saying Operation Kill the Terrorist was codenamed Operation Geronimo. As if that's totally different, or better.
The operation to finish off Al Qaeda will now be named Operation Martin Luther King Jr. Because it will bring peace to the world. Yeah, right!
Too bad a thousand blogs already have reported that Bin Laden was codenamed "Geronimo."
Here's what the mainstream media is now saying:
Osama Bin Laden Operation Ended With Coded Message 'Geronimo-E KIA'
By Jake Tapper, et al.
Geronimo was the code name for the operation that sent two teams of 12 SEALS zooming by Blackhawk helicopters to a walled compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan, on Sunday to kill or capture the most wanted man in the world. Anxious White House officials weren't positive that they would find bin Laden in the fortress-like complex, that he might leave while the SEALS were en route.
The first encouraging word came at the beginning of the raid when the SEALS recognized the man who had eluded a U.S. manhunt for a decade. They sent back the message, "Geronimo."
After a 40-minute search of the compound, punctuated by firefights, bin Laden was dead, and the cryptic "Geronimo-E KIA" code sent relief through the White House. E stood for enemy and KIA for killed in action.
Even this carefully worded cover-up makes the point pretty clear. When the troops saw bin Laden, they responded with the code "Geronimo." When they killed bin Laden, they responded with the code "Geronimo-E KIA." Conclusion: Bin Laden was "Geronimo."
But suppose they'd named only the mission "Geronimo"? The mission to kill an anti-American terrorist? I don't see how that would be significantly better. The offense is associating Geronimo with terrorism. The details don't matter.
I suspect CNN is trying to cover its ass after reporting the "codename Geronimo" business. It's probably regurgitating spin from the White House.
The official spin: "We thought: If we're going to kill someone, 'Geronimo' is a great codename. It has nothing to do with the target being a killer. See the difference? Americans are the bloodthirsty, murdering savages here, not bin Laden."
Wow, thanks for making that clear, people. When someone is planning to execute someone else, "Geronimo" is a good codename to use. But that doesn't imply anything negative or stereotypical about Geronimo? R-i-i-ght.
For more on the subject, see Obama Gets Osama! and Seminoles Compared to al Qaeda.