Adam L. Silverman, PhD*
Last night NY's Mayor Bloomberg, speaking at MIT in an attempt to establish NY City as the next tech hub/corridor, presented a very unique view of New York's place in the world. As part of his address he announced that “I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world. I have my own State Department, much to Foggy Bottom’s annoyance. We have the United Nations in New York, and so we have an entree into the diplomatic world that Washington does not have,”. Makes one wonder exactly who the good mayor sees when he looks in the mirror every morning. Worse it shows the casual and cavalier nature of how we have allowed our police departments and law enforcement to become militarized.
*Adam L. Silverman is the Culture and Foreign Language Advisor at the US Army War College. The views expressed here are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of the US Army War College and/or the US Army.