‘Geronimo KIA’

Osama bin Laden

In August 1996, Osama bin Laden declared war on the United States of America on behalf of al-Qaeda. Now, almost 15 years later, the CIA and U.S. Navy SEALs found him and killed him. Finally. The code phrase was “Geronimo KIA.” His body was buried at sea.

I suppose the street celebrations in this country were our answer to those in other parts of the world who danced with joy after the 9/11 attacks. Perhaps some thought the war was over. Unfortunately, our state of permanent war is never-ending.

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  1. #1 by Rico on May 2, 2011 - 7:10 am

    Our “ally” Pakistan has some splainin’ to do.

  2. #2 by Rico on May 2, 2011 - 10:06 am

    Former Pakistan president General (retired) Pervez Musharraf called the operation by US forces to kill al Qaeda leader and 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad near Islamabad a violation of Pakistani sovereignty.

    “America coming to our territory and taking action is a violation of our sovereignty. Handling and execution of the operation (by US forces) is not correct. The Pakistani government should have been kept in the loop,” Musharraf told CNN-IBN in an exclusive interview.

    The fact that the Pakistani government wasn’t “in the loop” is a testament to either its complete ineptitude or its untrustworthiness. Name your posion.

  3. #3 by brewski on May 2, 2011 - 10:56 am

    It is more than a little ironic for a military dictator to be lecturing anyone on the legal niceties of diplomacy and war.

  4. #4 by Richard Warnick on May 2, 2011 - 11:18 am


    Explain how this was legal, assuming it was really done without Pakistani government approval.

  5. #5 by brewski on May 2, 2011 - 11:25 am

    I didn’t say it was.

  6. #6 by Richard Warnick on May 2, 2011 - 11:29 am

    So you agree with General Musharraf.

  7. #7 by brewski on May 2, 2011 - 2:33 pm

    I don’t listen to the opinions of dictators.

  8. #8 by Tim Carter on May 2, 2011 - 2:56 pm

    I think you are right Richard, this doesn’t change anything. Bin Laden was the 1.5 trillion dollar man.


    This could have been accomplished long ago.


    Americans will just have to understand their Bin Laden toilet paper and dart boards are obsolete. Just like the Ayatollaha Khomeini and Saddam Hussein versions before them. It’s a new decade now. I expect a new face very soon.

  9. #9 by Rico on May 2, 2011 - 4:08 pm

    I expect a new face very soon.

    You already have one: Gaddafi

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