Now we’re being told that Osama Bin Laden was unarmed when he was shot in the head and chest by the Seal team. Do we care? I guess he didn’t put his hands up and surrender? Instead his protectors ran into the room and opened fire….maybe. Then the CIA denied that they captured him and shot him later, as was being reported. Do we care? Then they got the name of the son that was killed wrong, and said one of the women was killed because she had been used as a shield, when in fact she was killed by cross-fire. I don’t know about you, but I don’t care. Thanks to the inept handling of the aftermath of the operation by the U.S. Government, specifically the President, hell, we don’t even know if he’s dead. And now with all the wrong information that was reported by the White House immediately following the incident that they all supposedly watched as it happened, the whole story is suspect. I said on Monday, show the damn pictures, the circus is getting out of control already.
And the Native American population is flipping out because the label given to the target, Osama Bin Laden, was “Geronimo.” WTF. Seriously, don’t we have anything more important to worry about? The message sent to Washington was “Geronimo-EKIA,” meaning “Enemy Killed In Action.” Well, he wasn’t in “action” according to the reports now coming out, and we can’t even be sure someone was firing real bullets at the Seal team in that compound anymore.
Just to get you up to speed on “Geronimo,” he was a murdering SOB to the pioneers and settlers of Arizona and New Mexico, regardless if the Native American population wants to paint him as a hero defending his people, the Chiricahua Apache. He was the last holdout and the last fighting American Indian to capitulate to the Government. And he fought and survived against daunting odds. You might be interested to know he was given the name “Goyathlay,” “One Who Yawns” at his birth in 1829. It was the Spaniards that gave him the name “Geronimo” although it is really not clear why.
And using what is almost a “common” codename to identify a target is just that, a codename. I think it was fitting, and I’m sure it was not intended to be a reference to terrorism or Native Americans, but to what the man himself did and the legend he created. Better make sure the military or CIA does “Politically Correct” checks on all target labels going forward. Wouldn’t want to offend anyone. “Crazy Horse” would have been a good choice. Osama was certainly a crazy bastard, but then maybe he was just a hero defending his people? Crazy Horse is probably a “hero” too, though, now that I think about it.
The name “Geronimo” has been associated with jumping from high places ever since World War II paratrooper Aubrey Eberhardt first screamed it on his first jump to prove his fearlessness. It would be difficult to associate that with a negative connotation to the “peace-loving” chief of the Apaches. My tongue is squarely in my cheek. Call the next terrorist target “Kristofferson”. He’s a famous Swede. I’ll bet he won’t care and neither will the rest of us Swedish Americans.
And just now, while I’m writing this, Obama has decided NOT to release the photographs. We’re supposed to take his word for it. You’ve got to be kidding me. So much for that spike in approval rating you were expecting, Mr. President.
Did you know the Skull And Bones Society, that secret Yale society not sanctioned by the University, the one that George W. Bush, and other famous Yale students belonged to, was actually sued by Geronimo descendants in 2009? Allegedly they have some skeletal remains of the great chief that they stole from a grave site in 1918, in Sill, Oklahoma. They are purportedly kept at their Connecticut clubhouse.