I made the comment I did because this raises an important historical issue; does the naming of this mission suggest that the government still views the Indian wars of the late 19th century as a legitimate exercise comparable to the mission to bring OBL to justice? Hopefully not, but another question I ask would be did the US government view Geronimo as an equal threat back then just as the current government views (or viewed) OBL now?
Good question but as Omer said, I don't believe so; more of an inconvenience, although Geronimo's role in the public imagination was far weightier than any real threat he posed.
Let's wait for our special ops expert, Scout ! Specops expert, I don't think I have ever made that claim. Military historian yes, snake eater no.
Frontierhistorian, you lost me at contextualize. And I agree and think you are reading way to much into the codename. If you try to deconstruct the use of the word you will get lost, just ask Derrida. It was probably picked because of there is historical significance to the name, even more likely in my view is that it is an easy word to remember and not a word that sounds similar to something in the local language.
I'm not really reading too
much into it, I'm just throwing it out there as a means of generating a discussion; it doesn't particularly bother me. That said, if the operation had been carried out by the British government and the codename was William Wallace it would have really upset a lot of people, certainly a lot of the people I know (bear in mind I am Scottish). To my eyes I could not imagine the British government ever using a codename like that precisely because it would carry a lot of dubious implications. That said, I have no doubt that this is probably just a codename with little thought having gone into it, but in some ways that is an interesting point of discussion - that Geronimo can be used as a codename with little thought. In at least some cases it appears that code names are picked very carefully: "shock and awe" doesn't seem like an arbitrary choice to me.
Again, I'm not trying to start a discussion about political correctness, but rather the use of Geronimo as an image, the ideas and connotations that spring to mind