I'm especially fond of the notion that Obama brought in 10,000-15,000 Russian troops, because American soldiers won't shoot their own people. Well, yeah, I hope that's the case, but those 15,000 Russkies are certainly going to be surprised when a couple of American brigades annihilate them for shooting Americans. Anyway, here's the column: The Militarization of U.S. Police Forces Not long after 9/11, the already fairly formidable NYPD stood up its Hercules units, which are basically direct action tactical units. Essentially, they took NYPD ESU and gave them MP5s and other goodies in the beginning, and now they have MRAPs and aviation sniping systems, etc., etc. In a place like NYC, it might make some sense. In a place like Los Angeles, where the distances are vast, it might make even more sense. But look, if the Westport PD in Connecticut suddenly starts buying MRAPs and repurposed OH-58D helicopters and the like, I've got to wonder just what the hell is going on. Especially since I know more about that stuff than anyone on the PD, and I wouldn't want them. Really, departments in Iowa need this gear? Is there a strategic necessity for it?