“For God and country—Geronimo, Geronimo, Geronimo.”

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“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.

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The fact that it's in New Yorker kind of cracks me up, I'm picturing it next to a cartoon with a dog holding a martini discussing the New York Review of Books that makes no sense.

Interesting to see the "For God and Country" reference. Are there other groups out there besides the Legion with that as a motto?

I do see the dark humor you refer to with the publisher of the story.


Your reaction is strange Mr. Demophilius! I first react to the reaction of the Team member to grab the 2 wives and hug them to prevent everyone from blowing up. "No greater gift can be given than ones life for another." What a great success with the invovement of the highly skilled. There were many courageous events that moment and before that are totally unbelievable and sooo meaningful. God Bless all that were involved including our President of the United States.

It was a perilous and tightly controlled mission. That Bin Laden was killed is part of what can happen in those split second decisions. God bless the SEAL's and the President for making the correct call.

The "involvement" of the president was minimal, at best. And it won't be long before our Brother SEAL's words are edited to remove "God" from his radio dispatch.
Semper Fi.

No need to edit the words out, but I certainly disagree with putting god before country. America is greater than any belief in a god, America is supreme. Anyone that puts god before country either made a mistake in words, or isn't a patriot. I think that a mistake was made because these soldiers certainly love their country. "For country and god" would have been a better choice of words, especially given the ambiguity of the existence of god (and the support of teaching evolution and ancient history in school rather than religion). No offense meant, but this country needs more patriotism and less theism.

In a word "sad". 360 games probadly taught you where you stand.

As a retired Marine Corps officer, I am certainly patriotic, but to put country before God would mean that I had a very small god. The Creator is infinitely bigger than the created.

There is none greater than God. Maybe you and THE atheist and muslims and Mr president would leave God out but real men put God , country and Our military First and in that order.We are real PATRIOTS. We have fought for every ones rights even people like you.This country was founded on the principal of GOD. That is why is states " one nation under god". Yes I am a Patriot, I retired with 27 years. I have seen more than a lot of non believers. and YES I believe in God. He has protected me thru 3 wars and my son and daughter thru one with no bullet holes. Believe in what you want and you may leave God from your statements.

And that is what is wrong with America. The bible says that, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." Unfortunately, America's God is now sexual immorality, abortion, pornography, idolatry, greed, selfishness, arrogance, pride, murder, rape, child abuse, thievery, drug and alcohol abuse. And whether you believe it or not, this nation is on a collision course with judgement. You're right about one thing, we don't need religion, but we do need Jesus in the worst way. And just as a side note, "true" Christianity is NOT a religion. It is a "relationship" with Jesus Christ. Religion was man's idea, not God's.

Ken, Thank you! Your words are true and I have been blessed by your statement! Amen

Ken, Thank you and a GIANT AMEN your to statement. GOD BLESS YOU. From a brother in THE LORD AND MASTER JESUS CHRIST,(not man or idols) and arms. There is a native american writer, I'm sorry
I can't remember his name, but the title of his book is: "one GOD with many churches". The title says it all.

One more example of a coward with an agenda, who won't use their full name, distracting folks from the real issue.

If it were not for our founding fathers and their faith in God, there would be no United State of America.

I am a very commited American and have served my country, but America did not make me who I am. God did. And without God life, to me, is meaningless. So believe what you want, but don't chastise another for their beilef system. Even Atheism is a belief system and is based on faith (belief) in something.

The word GOG was in its right place .This country was built one nation under God not the opposite.


I think you are operating on an assumption built upon your own biases.

Yes, that's the US Army Chaplain Corps' motto - Pro Deo et Patria! Founded, btw, in 1775...

Hello Larry bet I know you. This a cool newsletter. Glad I signed up. God Bless.

While it was a team on site with their lives on the line, it should be remembered that behind them stood dedicated men and women who prepared them, equipped them, and trained them. Our defense costs dearly in lives and money. Some of it is wasted but events like this remind us that the price we pay is very much worth it.


thank you sir! VETERANS ELECTRIC .COM. and God bless America

As a service member, I consciously agreed to defend and protect my people while in peace or at war. To give my life so that someone else may live is our common creed. When the federal government cut our wages, we still stood the line. If politicians lost wages, do you think they would still sit behind their desks? The obvious answer is the reason why there was no hesitation to cut our wages, regardless of it being temporary, instead of the politicians. Because we've stood, stand and will always hold the line for OUR people. Think about it. 'Never Forgotten'

In 1990, I retired under protest. It seems prior to that time, when we had an operation in Panama and El Salvador, I sent a woman to Panama as 'Line Chief". I did it against the orders of my commander because the mission was to capture Manuel Noreaga and because of the importance of the mission, I sent the best man for the job. It just happened to be a woman. She did an outstanding job and because of my decision, I was transferred to a s#@& job and shortly, retired. Seems I have been vindicated but history and as it worked out, I am well and doing fine. My feeling??? The best man for the job is often a woman but only if she is the best and willing to do the job and has the honest respect of those both above and below her in rank and supervision. I would never change anything I did while in my military career.

Thank God for giving President Kennedy the insight to create the Seals. These are brave men and they volunteered for their extremely dangerous job, and they went through 40 days of hell to qualify. They do their job anonymously.

The persistent representation that our military is fighting for god and not humanity is great propaganda for the religious lunatics. They recuit on the concept that Americans look down on their god and their religion and would like to convert them to christianity. Stop risking our soldiers lives by promoting your own brand of god. We ARE NOT a relious county, but a country that respects the right to believe, or not, as we wish.

These were REAL heroes flying into a hostile country to take out an egomaniac willing to kill millions. They knew that he may be guarded. They knew that they would have the moral right to kill anyone in the same room who could have been a threat to them – and there ANYONE old enough to stand could have been trained to protect bin Laden.

A lot has been said about the man who “protected his team”. However, what other country in this world has the ethics and reputation that would cause an armed man, in the same room as Osama bin Laden, fully capable of just using his weapon to eliminate any threat to himself, CHOOSE in that split second to wound instead of kill a potential threat and then use his own body to remove those two women from in front of bin Laden in a way that protected THEM from the bullets he knew were coming? The man whose destiny it was to kill Osama bin Laden CHOOSE the words he said to let all of humanity know why he was doing it. The words and actions described show almost superhuman control of thought and actions in split seconds, but they also revealed the spirit of each man. They embody what many of us would like our national reputation to be, but in the end they made their own choices.

Despite those who would try to distract us: *I* AM a patriot; *I* am NOT mistaken in my words. GOD BLESS EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THIS MISSION TO REMOVE ONE MORE SLICE OF HATRED FROM THIS WORLD. If these words from me threaten your political beliefs, make sure you vote in every election. If these words from me threaten your religious beliefs (or lack thereof) so much you feel you want to kill me, so be it. Just remember that I and millions of other Americans sacrificed years of our lives so that you have the freedom to feel the way you do.

We built this nation like this see if these words sound familiar "ONE NATION UNDER GOD INDIVISIABLE" so as for me it's always for God then country because without him there is no us, humans!

Mr. Walker,

While I agree with your sentiment, the words "under God" in our Pledge of Allegiance were not added until this country was confronted with "godless communism" after WWII and into the beginning of the Korean and Cold Wars. The individuals who built this country fled countries where their religious beliefs were dictated to them by the government. Therefore, most of them did not want any certain belief codified into our government. We will always have to deal with those who chose not to provide their real name and then try to distract us into squabbling about something other than the things that bring us together instead of apart.

MOTHAX, the moderator here, served his time in Bosnia. Bosnia was a place where the communist government made dissent a very private thing, and how you felt may not have been expressed publically. As soon as that government was removed, thousands of people were killed by neighbors they had lived next to each other for decades because they may have had a different religious belief because of their heritage. MOTHAX did his time there because America was seen as a country that could be trusted not to shoot someone only because they held a certain religious belief.

If anyone looks to the top of this page, they will see that this is "The American Legion's Burn Pit". Every month, each of us who attends a meeting covers their heart with their cap and the first words are "For God and Country we associate ourselves together". Although we are supposed to use this as a pledge, it is clear that many disagree - but they do not fear being killed in bed at night by another Legion member because of this, do they?

Let us all get back to the things about the killing of bin Laden that should bring us together. He led the people who attacked us, he was killed. He did not hate us for our religion; he hated us for our economic and political activities. He had to use religion to get enough people enraged enough to kill for his purposes. Let us hope that we never do the same.

Seal Team 6 - Excellant job! About time you just went ahead and did the job. These idiots that are praising this moron in office are a joke. He hemmed and hawed around, until you guys finally just said to hell with it and went it. He waited until he saw how it turned out before he took credit for it. He's a sorry individual and needs to be yanked out of office the sooner the better. God Bless the Teams and God Bless America!

in my earliest rememberance of my prayers even before entering the military after god bless mommy and daddy always cae god bless our military and god bles our president(whoever was president - yes even jimmy carter) and God Bless America and why people seem ro want the word god stricken from everything God has given our country from the founding fathers to today the greatness that makes america so God Bless our brave men and woman who serve and God bless our President and God bless even those that wish to eradicate His name from everything and please God continue to always bless America

While it is true that the Constitution says "Congress shall make no laws respecting the establishment of religion," it does not say that this is an atheistic nation and anyone claiming that the establishment clause of the Constitution says it does is ignorant of the history of the founding of this country, or a victim of a very liberal and substandard public education. The "establishment clause" was put into the Constitution to prevent CONGRESS from establishing a national religion because many of the states already had state sanctioned religions of their own. Sorry folks, but the North American colonies were largely founded as a place for the British Crown to off load their religious dissidents. Pennsylvania was a land grant to William Penn and the Quakers, Massachusetts was founded by pilgrims (who were supposed to go to Virginia but didn't make it.) Maryland was a grant to the Catholics, and Rhode Island was founded by people who had a religious falling out with the people in Massachusetts. The founding fathers were decidedly religious men. Many of the original signers of the Declaration of Independence were ministers. How many of the wannabe Constitutional scholars try to claim that the phrase "separation of church and state" is in the Constitution? It is NOT in the Constitution, it is in a letter from Thomas Jefferson to a Baptist congregation. The "establishment clause" was not in the Constitution to protect the government from religion, it was in there to protect religion from government. In fact, the entire reference to religion in the Constitution is "Congress shall make no laws respecting the establishment of religion, OR RESTRICTING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF". That hardly sounds like the founding fathers were trying to keep religion out of government does it? In fact one of the founding fathers said that this form of government was only suitable for a moral populace, but that none would work with a populace that was otherwise. For some reason, I doubt that men who would pledge there lives and fortunes to this fledgling country would be likely to call the actions of our current crop of politicians as moral. Thomas Jefferson clearly said that it was immoral for the government to take the fruits from the labor of one man to provide for the needs of another.

I thank God every day for my life here on earth, and it is our God and dedicated armed forces that allow me to sleep peacefully at night, and enjoy what the next day brings. May GOD bless us all.

Excelent job G-D bless the USA

Refrains of trying to politimorf the God word and concept. If our country continues to flow policy and humanitarianism from the concepts of God, our work will be noble. The country has lost the rule of law through the concepts of the constitution. I'd take the risk and continue to say "God Bless America".


Your giving that Muslim President way too much credit - the
Seals took out that SOB not the Pres.

Your giving that Muslim President way too much credit - the
Seals took out that SOB not the Pres.

I give your president a lot of credit. Our president is not a moslim.

Not surprisingly, all commenting here have overlooked the incredibly harrowing assignment carried out by our Central Intelligence Agency Case Officers, Paramilitary Case Officers (SOG), and Surveillance Officers who 1) interrogated AQ members and learned the details of the UBL courier, 2) identified the courier, 3) followed the courier to the compound under the most difficult and hazardous conditions and 4) confirmed UBL's presence there in the months, weeks and days leading up to the raid. "From time to time, God causes men to be born - who have a lust to go abroad at the risk of their lives and discover news - today it may be of far-off things, tomorrow of some hidden mountain, and the next day of some near-by men who have done a foolishness against the State. These souls are very few..." (Rudyard Kipling: KIM)

one terroist down one terrorist to go,on to D.C. boys

on to D.C. boys? What?

That's what you are trained for, a job done, done, and now move foward tyo what even counts.

Regarding West's comments above: West, who do you think brought this nation into existence - GOD or the nation itself before it became a nation? It appears that you are a P. C. liberal with no understanding of the history of our Founding Fathers and what they have said on this subject, The Declaration of Independence, and our Constitution! I would suggest you read all the a fore mentioned documents- it may be an "eye opener" for you! America today needs more true Theism and a lot less atheism and liberalism such as you have displayed. "For GOD and Country," Veteran and a God believing Patriot!!

It's our Miltary that get the job done. "GOD bless the Seals!" The Politicains do there job, we do do ours and follow orders. GOD and Country is what makes this great nation what it is. For those who have a different opinion of GOD, so be it. it. Your entilted to it. This is why are the land of the free and the home of the brave! It is what it is.

Thanks for the policy which was still in place from the former president, we must blame him as he gets the blame for everything else, but our illustrious present president wants credit for Obama's
I mean Osama's demise.

Not blaming President Bush. It was he who made it his mission to exterminate Osama. CIA and military Intel had countless interrogations of courriers and the trail was hot then went cold.
Too bad it didn't happen on his watch. We prevailed in the end but we all know who really deserves credit. We have a one term pres sitting in office. Now thats the only posivite thing right now.

Not blaming President Bush. It was he who made it his mission to exterminate Osama. CIA and military Intel had countless interrogations of courriers and the trail was hot then went cold.
Too bad it didn't happen on his watch. We prevailed in the end but we all know who really deserves credit. We have a one term pres sitting in office. Now thats the only posivite thing right now.


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