Cato's Tim Lynch on CNN.com on Aug. 14:

Police officers simply do not have the training that military troops have, and giving them the arms, armament and attitude of being warriors is simply dangerous.

If a listener didn't know any better, he would think the description of events unfolding in Ferguson must surely be taking place in Iraq or Afghanistan-combat-armored shock troops shoot tear gas into crowds while snipers train high-powered rifles on groups of civilians.