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Bloomberg: 'I have my own army in the NYPD'

Did you know the NYPD is the seventh largest army in the world? Yeah, neither did we.

How does the song go?

"First to fight for the right,

And to build the nation’s might,

And the NYPD goes rolling along?"

Oh wait, that's actually the theme song from the Army. Last time we checked, the NYPD wasn't classified as one of the United State's five branches of the military. But hey, if it looks like an army and it acts like an army, it might as well be an army, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Bloomberg is the spotlight for some comments he made during an appearance at MIT last night where he talked about the possibility of running for president.

As the New York Observer reports, Hizzoner compared running New York City to running an entire country:

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.


So: The mayor of New York City thinks of the police as his own private army. We're sure this news is not at all distressing to the Occupy Wall Street protesters.