I feel so much better because of the White House spin that "Geronimo" was a mission to kill, not a person to be killed. In related news, the WH reveals that the Libyan bombing campaign was codenamed "Operation Crazy Horse." You see, we're honoring Indians by naming our murder missions after them. Because Indians were (are?) so good at killing people.
Yeah, that explanation works...not.
In more related news, Obama is thinking of renaming the war in Afghanistan the "Sitting Bull War." Because Afghanistan has a bad connotation these days, and Sitting Bull was all about fighting savagely in the badlands.
See how well that works? With this move, Obama helps America forget an unpopular war and honors Indians. It's a twofer!
Anyone who buys the government's transparent rationalization isn't thinking clearly, IMHO. And again, it's a moot point since we have a direct quote from someone saying our troops IDed "Geronimo" the target, not the mission. Anything else is political spin.
More deep thoughts
There's no truth to the rumor that Obama has launched a task force against poverty with the codename "Welfare Queen." Not that poverty has anything to do with welfare queens, you see. It's just one of those quirky naming coincidences.
News flash: US to launch war against stupidity codenamed "Ronald Reagan." Because Reagan was a great leader against all things stupid, you see. Not because he himself was an addle-brained idiot.
News flash: Republican Tea Party demands next terrorist be codenamed "immigrant," "mosque," "Planned Parenthood," "taxes," or "gay marriage."
We could go on and on with examples like these. In fact, the US did have an Operation Wetback once:
Bottom line: The vast majority of people won't parse whether the "Geronimo" codename was for the mission or the target (or both). Associating a terrorist with an American Indian is wrong, period.
For more on the subject, see Critics Slam "Geronimo" Codename and Why US Chose "Geronimo" Codename.