Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Disposing of another PC kerfuffle

Remember how outraged people were over the report that the code name for Osama bin Laden was Geronimo?

Well, if this report
on the mission to get bin Laden is accurate, Geronimo was not a code name for bin Laden himself. Instead it was a representation that the SEALS had accomplished the seventh step in their mission. And those steps were had alphabetical characterizations with code names to indicate each letter.
Back at the White House Situation Room, word was relayed that bin Laden had been found, signaled by the code word "Geronimo." That was not bin Laden's code name, but rather a representation of the letter "G." Each step of the mission was labeled alphabetically, and "Geronimo" meant that the raiders had reached step "G," the killing or capture of bin Laden, two officials said.
If this is indeed true, it's another example of how the political arm of the administration mishandled the aftermath of the bin Laden mission. It's not clear why they would have revealed the use of the code name in the first place, but once they did, why not go the whole route and explain that Geronimo didn't refer to bin Laden but to step "G" in the operation? At least the military could have rid itself of the accusation that they used the name of an Apache warrior who is a hero to many Native Americans as code for the man responsible for the massacre of so many innocents.