I believe this is a tempest in a teapot at best and choosing the wrong battle at worst. "Geronimo" was the code name of the operation, more specifically of it's successful completion. Bin Laden's code name was "Jackpot". As the article notes: "According to multiple sources, “Geronimo-E KIA” is the message that was sent to the White House by the strike team to announce that bin Laden, the “E,” or Enemy, was Killed In Action." Had Geronimo been the code name for Bin Laden, the "E" would not have been necessary. As for the other purported quote "We’ve ID’d Geronimo", I haven't been able to locate a primary source. This either means its a mis-attribution that's gone viral or an excited Seal team member using the code name incorrectly... Just like reporters all night and the next day kept crossing up the names "Obama" and "Osama". I don't think anyone wanted Obama dead or Osama to be President. By the way I hope nobody is considering "Jackpot" to be an oblique reference to Indian casinos. It's time to lighten up a bit. Geronimo was a great warrior and a this mission was a superior exercise of warcraft befitting the great warrior's moniker.
Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 00:14