“For God and country—Geronimo, Geronimo, Geronimo.”
Your Must Read article of the day, from The New Yorker:
The Americans hurried toward the bedroom door. The first SEAL pushed it open. Two of bin Laden’s wives had placed themselves in front of him. Amal al-Fatah, bin Laden’s fifth wife, was screaming in Arabic. She motioned as if she were going to charge; the SEAL lowered his sights and shot her once, in the calf. Fearing that one or both women were wearing suicide jackets, he stepped forward, wrapped them in a bear hug, and drove them aside. He would almost certainly have been killed had they blown themselves up, but by blanketing them he would have absorbed some of the blast and potentially saved the two SEALs behind him. In the end, neither woman was wearing an explosive vest.
A second SEAL stepped into the room and trained the infrared laser of his M4 on bin Laden’s chest. The Al Qaeda chief, who was wearing a tan shalwar kameez and a prayer cap on his head, froze; he was unarmed. “There was never any question of detaining or capturing him—it wasn’t a split-second decision. No one wanted detainees,” the special-operations officer told me. (The Administration maintains that had bin Laden immediately surrendered he could have been taken alive.) Nine years, seven months, and twenty days after September 11th, an American was a trigger pull from ending bin Laden’s life. The first round, a 5.56-mm. bullet, struck bin Laden in the chest. As he fell backward, the SEAL fired a second round into his head, just above his left eye. On his radio, he reported, “For God and country—Geronimo, Geronimo, Geronimo.” After a pause, he added, “Geronimo E.K.I.A.”—“enemy killed in action.”
Interestingly, my boss just pointed out that the founder of the New Yorker Magazine (Harold Ross) formerly held his position with The American Legion:
In the spring of 1917 Ross enlisted in the 18th Regiment of Army Engineers and was sent to France where he worked on the Stars and Stripes, the newspaper of the American Expeditionary Force in World War I. When the war ended Ross settled in New York City and tried to revive the Stars and Stripes in a publication called the Home Sector Magazine, but it was unsuccessful. He then edited the American Legion Weekly for two years (1921-23) which was followed by a job with Judge, a humor magazine.