Bloomberg Claims NYPD "7th Biggest Army in World" ... Um, That's Totally Wrong

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In the annals of political rhetoric, there are lies, damn lies and exaggeration. Well, according to Politicker NY, Mayor Bloomberg dropped himself into the third category during a speech at MIT last night, when he claimed, "I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world..."

This statement, of course, is totally, wildly inaccurate, either by numbers or spending. The 7th largest army globally would actually be Vietnam with 321,000 soldiers, compared to 33,000 or so in the NYPD. And tiny Austria spends more on its military than the city does on the NYPD. The NYPD isn't even the largest police force in the world: law enforcement agencies in South Africa and China are much larger.

The question then becomes why guild the lily like this? Was Bloomberg presenting himself as a valid presidential candidate, just because he's mayor of the biggest city in the U.S.? Who knows, but he did go on to claim he had his own "state department, much to Foggy Bottom's annoyance." And then he went on to say essentially that mayors are better at managing than people at the federal level.

"Unfortunately, people at the federal level or the state level typically spend their whole lives in politics, and they've never been an executive and it shows," he said.



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bobMMM6
bobMMM6

Remember the whole ordeal with that so called "biker gang" that targeted an asian family in an SUV? They called the "police" whos reply was "they are simply too dangerous for us to deal with". The funny thing in all of this is that all their gear, their spending, their militarization, and all the garbage that comes out of that rat Bloomberg's mouth is simply to intimidate and scare their citizens. They have done nothing productive and their crime continues to rise, while they pass bill after bill to undermine their right as Americans to own firearms. Bloomberg is trying to make his own little North Korea i suppose.

Strelnikov
Strelnikov

It's just pure ego with Bloomberg, but then I've noticed that the guys who run NYC have been a$$holes for years....

Ron
Ron

With the tend in militarizing police, I can understand why he might be confused about the difference between a civil force and a military army, but the Constitution is quite clear about their differences. Hopefully some less confused aide will enlighten him.

Trololo
Trololo

"gild" the lily. Do you no longer have a proofreader there?

J.J.
J.J.

It's what happened when Ms. Tomlin joined the Screen Actors Guild...

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