Suggestions for non-“offensive” names for future Navy SEAL operations

Posted by: ST on May 4, 2011 at 5:45 pm

The code words “Geronimo – EKIA” were music to the ears of President Obama and members of his national security team who sat in the Situation Room with him on May 1 as Navy SEAL Team Six confirmed the termination of Public Enemy Number One Osama bin Laden. While most Americans are still celebrating what happened Sunday, some haven’t felt like they could fully bask in the news of OBL’s demise because the use of the name “Geronimo” to describe the operation offended them. ABC’s The Note reports on just how much this “issue” has escalated over the last couple of days as a result of the outcries from some in the Native American community:

The Senate Indian Affairs committee will hold a hearing Thursday on racist Native American stereotypes, a hearing that will now also address the Osama bin Laden mission and the code-name Geronimo.

While the hearing was scheduled before the mission, a committee aide today said the linking of the name Geronimo with the world’s most wanted man is “inappropriate” and can have a “devastating” impact on kids.

“The hearing was scheduled well before the Osama bin Laden operation became news, but the concerns over the linking of the name of Geronimo, one of the greatest Native American heroes, with the most hated enemies of the United States is an example of the kinds of issues we intended to address at Thursday’s hearing,” Loretta Tuell, the committee’s chief counsel, said in a statement.

“These inappropriate uses of Native American icons and cultures are prevalent throughout our society, and the impacts to Native and non-Native children are devastating,” Tuell said. “We intend to open the forum to talk about them.”

The Senate committee is chaired by Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii. Thursday’s 2:15p hearing will examine how Wild West shows, Hollywood films, and Indigenous-themed sports mascots have shaped the perception of Native Americans, according to a press release. […]

Good grief. Ok, so maybe in retrospect to avoid a potential “controversy” surrounding the use of the name Geronimo, the Powers That Be could have picked a more “neutral” name (cough) but, really, does the issue need to rise to this level? No. Most Americans across the country could care less about the name, probably don’t even remember it. All most people know is that OBL is gone forever, which is a comforting thought. Escalating it to the Congressional level draws unnecessary attention to an issue that probably could have been resolved with a single phone call, as Cato Institute Senior Fellow Dan Mitchell calmly explains:

In other words, some common-sense sensitivity is a good thing.

But is there any reason why the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Akaka of Hawaii, can’t make a quiet phone call and say, “I know you guys didn’t mean anything, but in the future please stay away from using code-names that link bad guys to American Indians.”

Perhaps because political posturing always takes precedence over common-sense approaches to resolving both real and imagined problems?

To throw a little humor in the mix, to the WaPo’s Alexandra Petri:

[…] But say what you will about the history of wildly misappropriated terms for Native Americans — Washington Redskins, anyone? — the objection boils down to the fact that a code name for Osama that referenced anything with any redeeming qualities whatever would be drawing fire from some quarter.

So in case this happens again, here are 10 totallly inoffensive code names to use instead:

10. Flo From Those Progressive Commercials.

9. Voldemort

8. IKEA, if only so that you can say, “IKEA EKIA!”

7. Windows Vista

6. That Time “Crash” Beat “Brokeback Mountain” for Best Picture

5. This Guy

4. Headbands That Make It Look Like You’re Wearing a Tiny Hat

3. TSA Patdowns

2. Metro Escalator Outage

1. Moroccan Scott Cannon

Your suggestions?

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13 Responses to “Suggestions for non-“offensive” names for future Navy SEAL operations”


  1. Dave Dooling says:

    Good code names are simple to remember and never link the operation and the target. If they are really good, they misdirect. Anyone hearing the name Geronimo might assume it had to do with a parachute drop since U.S. airborne troops have taken that motto since early World War 2. The only comparison between the two men is that both evaded U.S. capture for a long time. Geronimo and his cause, though, were far more honorable than OBL.

  2. Live Free Or Die says:

    If the super-geniuses in the O-bah-muhh administration had ANY imagination, they would have code-named the operation ‘Nemo’.

    1) Fictional character
    2) Capt. Nemo vengeful, extremist, murderer(of unsuspecting seamen aboard ‘Imperialist’ ships)
    3)Nemo means ‘no one’ in Latin. Osama was a nobody before 9/11
    4)The Scottish Motto, ‘Nemo me impune lacessit’, (No one provokes me unpunished). Osama provoked the U.S., (previously) unpunished.
    5)’Finding Nemo’ the search for Nemo= the search for Osama.
    6)When Nemo became a part of the Aquarium ‘Brotherhood’, Gill said, “From this moment on, you shall now be known as Sharkbait.”
    “Sharkbait! Hoo Ha Ha!”

  3. Navy Vet says:

    Hey kiddo,

    Love your site. However, don’t get sucked into the SEAL Team Six thing. It was a goof name from the 70s and 80s. The official name was DEVGRU, and has since been changed and not released. But it’s definitely not JSOC HRU. Definitely not.

  4. William Teach says:

    How about “Unicorn Dawn”?

    Cute and fluffy bunnies?

    Who’s a good boy? Yes you are

    I wonder if they ever considered code naming Osama “A**hole”? Wouldn’t that have been great, if it was “A**hole – EKIA”?

  5. No says:

    The Indians should be glad that we let them survive to badger us with this stupid sh*t.

  6. Bear1909 says:

    As much tribal butt kissing as President Snow Job has engaged in since getting crowned King of America, you’d think (huge leap that you all would be giving us Injuns a break here. The committee meeting was already scheduled. Now that President “I love injuns” Snow Job is a big military hero, he should be held accountable for walking his talk with Injun people. Can you imagine yourself in the powerless position (with a name like Akaka)dealing with an issue that just never goes away, deciding, “oh well. I think the lying scumbag who says he is sensitive to our needs, should just get a quiet phone call.” Would you do that so that other Americans could enjoy their happy dance time, right before this lying snake of a POTUS bends all of them over the sofa one more time by getting the debt ceiling raised?

    Akaka is keeping his eyes on the birdie. You should too. And @No— your lucky your great grandma didn’t get shot in the crib like the rest of your hillbilly ancestors. What a moronic comment.

  7. serfer62 says:

    The injuns lost the war, they should never have joined first with the French, then the Brits in slaughtering Americans…so I could care less.
    What I am against is using a terrorists name for the operation. For the next terrorist assault I recommend JESUS…that’ll tick’em off.

  8. Great White Rat says:

    Well, they’re already using KMA to mean ‘Kinetic Military Action’, but I’d have called it “Operation KMA” anyway. With a different meaning for the acronym, if you get my drift….

  9. jussayin' says:

    I’m guessing that Operation Pigslop for this one might have been a bit insensitive, huh?

    Fishfood? Bout-time? Binbyebye? Hitler? Obama’s Re-election Gambit? Hopeless Change?

  10. DavidL says:

    Flash,Jay Carney just clarified thet operation was really code named Operation Bill Ayers. Sorry about that Chief.

  11. Drew says:

    How about “good ol’ country ass-kickin'”?

  12. Kate says:

    Indian…ahem…..native Americans have many problems much worse than this. Check out the tribal governance of the reservation system…wherein their own people can’t own a plot of land resulting in a general disregard for anything that is built within their holdings, except of course, the tribal meeting buildings.

  13. PE says: