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No, he shouldn't apologize. I don't think it was actually referring to OBL himself, but rather a word to indicate how much of the mission was a success that made reference to the struggle that it took without much possibility of the enemy knowing who we were referring to as being KIA.
Also, Geronimo wasn't even the Apache's real name. The name Geronimo was given to him by some Mexicans that he was fighting. His real name was Goyatte (or something like this).
Geronimo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
He was a great man, but it doesn't mean that having his name in any way associated with a successful operation involving a terrorist is insulting because it wasn't being used as another name for OBL.
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I'm pretty sure it was refering to OBL, specifically.
I wish someone could clarify this.
The only clarity I can find is that, obviously, no one would give a crap if it was "Mission Geronimo".
Last edited by ecofarm; 05-07-11 at 10:33 AM.
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This is basically what I always thought the meaning of "Geronimo" was...
Geronimo - definition of Geronimo by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
1. (Military) US a shout given by paratroopers as they jump into battle
2. an exclamation expressing exhilaration, esp when jumping from a great height
In my mind, Geronimo means "taking a leap of faith"... which is exactly what this mission was. The name was appropriate in my opinion.
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Do you think anyone would give a crap if the name of the mission was Geronimo?
People were offended when it was (presumed?) that the code name was for OBL.
http://content.usatoday.com/communit...ian-backlash/1How exactly the term was used remains unclear. After bin Laden was killed, the military sent a message back to the White House: "Geronimo EKIA" — enemy killed in action. U.S. officials have since said that "Geronimo" was the name of the operation itself and that "Jackpot" was the code word for bin Laden.
A White House spokesman referred questions about the code name to the Pentagon, the Associated Press reports, noting that a Defense Department spokeswoman declined to comment.
An unnamed source says Geronimo was not the code name for OBL? Every other source I've seen says it was. What US official is referenced?
Besides, "<mission name> EKIA" doesn't make any freakin' sense.
Last edited by ecofarm; 05-08-11 at 11:51 AM.