The ‘Get Lost’ Economy

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Predator State at 8:47 am by George Smith

Corporate America hates you. Once you’ve fallen out of favor or no longer fulfill a singular purpose, get lost.

Even for one of the soldiers who scragged Osama bin Laden:

The U.S. Navy SEAL who shot and killed Osama bin Laden is speaking out for the first time since the May 1, 2011, raid on the al-Qaida leader’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

In an interview with Esquire, the former SEAL—identified as “The Shooter” due to what the magazine described as “safety” reasons—said he’s been largely abandoned by the U.S. government since leaving the military last fall.

He told Esquire he decided to speak out to both correct the record of the bin Laden mission and to put a spotlight on how some of the U.S. military’s highly trained and accomplished soldiers are treated by the government once they return to civilian life.

Despite killing the world’s most-wanted terrorist, he said, he was not given a pension, health care or protection for himself or his family.

“[SEAL command] told me they could get me a job driving a beer truck in Milwaukee,” he told Esquire.

Plus, he said, “my health care for me and my family stopped. I asked if there was some transition from my Tricare to Blue Cross Blue Shield. They said no. You’re out of the service, your coverage is over. Thanks for your 16 years. Go f— yourself.”

Not even good for driving a beer truck, which would seem recession proof.

Unfortunately, there are millions more already in line.

The good news: The Esquire notice will get him a book deal and some offers. If he can’t write, a ghost will be furnished. Hardly anyone else gets that opportunity.

Funny how the Ted Nugents of the country never want for work.


  1. Floormaster Squeeze said,

    February 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    The real irony here is that the military loves to defend the economic system that actually hates them. If you are a true patriot you would work to make the US better (improving corporate culture, providing universal health insurance) not to make the rest of the world worse.

  2. George Smith said,

    February 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Well said. There have been hundreds of stories over the past decade on how corporate America has treated returning soldiers very shabbily. They can have some jobs, part time or lousy wages. Corporate America views labor as a liability. When the taxpayers aren’t footing the bill, it’s an all against all system.