Skip to comments.Onondaga Nation leaders blast 'Geronimo' codename for Bin Laden
Posted on 05/03/2011 8:31:07 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
Leaders of the Onondaga Nation blasted as reprehensible the assigning of the worlds most wanted terrorist Geronimo as a codename.
Bin Laden was killed during an attack on his compound in Pakistan Sunday. Weve IDd Geronimo, U.S. forces reported by radio to the White House. Later, word came that Geronimo was dead.
Think of the outcry if they had used any other ethnic groups hero, the Onondaga Council of Chiefs said in a release Tuesday. Geronimo bravely and heroically defended his homeland and his people, eventually surrendering and living out the rest of his days peacefully, if in captivity, the chiefs noted.
Geronimo is arguably the most recognized Native American name in the world, the chiefs said, and this comparison only serves to perpetuate negative stereotypes about our people.
Geronimo was an Apache leader who fought Mexican and U.S. forces before surrendering to U.S. authorities in 1886. He died in 1909.
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In recognition of Our Fearless Leader, who planned and executed this operation all by himself, it’s obvious the codename for Obama should have been “ArnoldPalmer” or “Tiger”
Tend your casinos, kimo sabe. ;-)
This handwriting was on the wall in thick paint strokes.
Everyone hates 0bama
I agree with them. Geronimo was an honorable man.
In WWII it was the code word for jumping out of airplanes.
Somehow American Indians had thicker skin in the 1940's
Yea Yea Yea, and Saint Johns is now the Red Storm! enough already!!!
“Get over it!”
Isn’t a codename supposed to bear no relation to and give no indication of its real meaning? There is no association that is supposed to be made. Getting offended by its use here is akin to being offended by a random two-word key combination on one of those CDs that AOL used to send out.
GET A LIFE!
No kidding. I wish someone would just tell them to STFU.
I am so sick of that crap.
Well, they could have used Quanah Parker or Sitting Bull, I guess.
I like Geronimo better, sounds manly. I mean some SEAL yelling “Quanah Parker” of “Sitting Bull” is gonna hear it from his mates. He’d sound like that little wiggler Bruno on DWTS.
If the Native Americans were so cool, how come we kicked their ass for two hundred years.
And we did kick their ass repeatedly.
Dude, so sorry. We had no idea Geronimo was an Onondaga. . . He wasn't? Then what the #$$%& business is it of yours?
Funny that the Apache didn’t speak up on this.
I can just imagine the Onondaga uproar if the operation were named “Tadodaho.”
Bunch of sexist chiefs! “Pocahontas” is the best-known Indian name. How many Disney cartoons have been made about Geronimo?
Geronimo was Apache. Why are the Sioux complaining?
Ok I’m going to get flamed for this but I agree that it was inappropriate. Would we ever name a enemy we’re going after as George Washington or any other Founding Father? Obviously not, so as far as I can tell the names given aren’t random or all-encompasing. If Apaches are now Americans their past leaders shouldn’t be used either.
And I really dislike a truly admirable leader such as Geronimo compared to a Muslim. To do what Geronimo did was impressive in fighting for his people and land. He was a enemy at one time but didn’t do anything anyone of us wouldn’t do in his situation.
ya they even cheered when the movie cowboys shot the indians.
The code name “ Geronimo” was used to inform Command that the target “ Bin Laden “ was neutralized, as in DEAD!
Not that Bin Laden was “ Geronimo”. Use of the name Geronimo conveyed success for that phase of the operation!
Those were the good old days. When Indians wanted to grow up to be Cowboys and when football teams proudly named their Mascots after Brave warriors and savages. Nobody gave a crap about political correctness. We freely made fun of each others’ ancestry and ethnic jokes were considered funny. Now everyone is so sensitive that the only thing were are allowed to joke about is sex, provided you don’t make fun of homos.
Iroquois...Apache those injuns are all the same.
Like when those Detroit Hispanics objected to a Star Wars bad guy because the Maori actor playing him "looked Hispanic" (Me I thought his appearance was typical Polynesian, but what would I know?)
He wasn't. "Geronimo" in military tradition is a battlecry for going in fast, hard, without fear.
You won't get flamed by me.
Granted, everybody and their dog gets easily offended these days and most of the time it's crap complaints. But in this case, I will agree that the codename assigned to one of the most evil bassturds of modern time should be something that expresses great disdain and disgust, not the name of an honorable historical figure.
For example, I would have preferred they choose a codename like "Sh!t-For-Brains", or "Butt-Face", or "Bearded A$$hole", or something similarly descriptively accurate.
Then you need to correct just about every news report, regardless of source or political leaning, of the past two days.
Best of luck with that.
Sorry, in the awareness of virtually every American alive at the moment, "Geronimo" in this operation was the codename for Bin Laden. Whether or not that was the original intention, they have become one and the same.
Again, why? Comparing the capture of Geronimo to the justly killing of osama seems historicaly stupid. Maybe it’s just that the military looks at any enemy equally. A good trait to have when it’s them or us.
And there were some of those two-word combos that were pretty darn funny, or could be taken with multiple meanings that would raise eyebrows.
I remember as a kid using the term Geronimo frequently when playing among other boys. It was taken for granted that it was a term of action and of something difficult being done. This just doesn’t seem to have been used properly. Apaches are Americans for some time now and this is a insult. I’m no PC person at all and I see it.
“In WWII it was the code word for jumping out of airplanes.”
I’m told that Apache warriors, when leaping off their horses to engage U. S. Cavalry troopers in certain hand-to-hand combat encounters, would yell “Airborne troop!!”
A dubious tale, I suspect.
Must be a boring day on the reservation, though whether the Onondaga or the Liberal reservation is difficult to determine from the article.
What business it might be of the Onondaga, a tribe in NY, is even more difficult to ascertain, as Geronimo was from a tribe in the West.
I have no problem with the MILITARY using the Name as he was an honorable Warrior, who was called Goyakla/Geronimo.
The using of that name was as an honor to a mission well done!
I picked this FReeper name in his honor .....Goyakla/Geronimo
Thanks. I would’ve preferred Operation Hyena. My favorite Nat’l Geographic show was call Lions & Hyeana’s: Eternal Enemies. We being the Lions. Or more appropriately our Armed Forces and intelligience agencies.
Next time the target will be named Whitey or Soccer Mom. Now, is everyone happy?
Perhaps they would have preferred “Joseph Brant”?
Consider this post the obligatory Skull and Bones reference.
Then every American are oversensitive easily-offended wimps, prone to organising to complain about every dam word.
Thanks for clarity and the history lesson.
The Onondaga aren’t Lakota. They’re Iroquois.
History lesson? Surrender/or?