‘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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UPDATE:
On FDL, David Dayen tracks the changing story of what happened during the bin Laden raid. Official Bin Laden Story Changes in Various Places

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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

    brewski–

    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.

    http://www.historycommons.org/entity.jsp?entity=osama_bin_laden&startpos=0

    This could have been accomplished long ago.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMdbDDWIM10

    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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