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The US A-Team -- global mercenaries at work

Forget about all of this "World's Police" nonsense. The United States has been handed a new calling as global mercenaries, the USA-Team, if you will.

Don't believe me? I present to you this week's testimony of Secretary of State John Kerry.

Kerry said at Wednesday's hearing that Arab countries have offered to pay for the unseating President Bashar al-Assad if the United States took the lead militarily. "With respect to Arab countries offering to bare costs and to assess, the answer is profoundly yes, they have. That offer is on the table."

When pressed by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida, on how much these Arab countries are offering to cover, Kerry replied, "In fact, some of them have said that if the United States is prepared to go do the whole thing the way we've done it previously in other places, they'll carry that cost."

Did you catch that? One more time, "… the way we've done it previously in other places …" Since I'm a nice guy, I will launch the political translator app to break this down for you. "The way we've done it" is translated to "Invading, shock and awe, regime change and rebel alliances." The term "other places" translates to "Libya, Iraq, Egypt, Afghanistan, etc."

That's right -- the Arab nations want to hire the U.S. to fight their battles for them like we did in the W days. This might not have been another war for oil in the beginning but it is now.

So riddle me this: Why is a country with a $780 billion defense budget (that's us) standing on the world's off ramp with a cardboard sign that reads, "Will Bomb For Food"? Did someone forget to include the occasional invasion costs into the largest defense budget in the universe?

I'm sure that Secretary Kerry (hey, that rhymes) was not intending to replace our long-standing moniker of "World's Police" with "Global Mercenaries for Hire" but lets face it, this clown doesn't mean to do much of what he does.

What he did do was downgrade the United States of America from "Global Superpower" to "Global Sellouts" in a short few seconds of testimony.

Great job, Mr. Secretary.

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Mike is a Southern California transplant. Although his latest Arizona stint started in 2006, Mike is a proud graduate of Glendale's Apollo High School. Higher education? He stopped counting after 5 colleges. After 15 years of real estate and corporate life, Mike had a crazy idea to give talk radio a try. A short 2.5 years of cutting his teeth on the AM dial, he received the call from KTAR. Mike is now the host of Get Outdoors with Mike Russell, co-host of Mike & Winey on Saturdays and co-host of The Think Tank on Sundays. Mike's special features, The Outdoor Minute and the KTAR Timeline, can be heard daily on both Arizona's Morning News and Arizona's Noon News. Mike hurries home each night to his amazing wife of 11 years, Jodi, and their two children Jillian (9) and John (6). His 95 pound puppy, Champ, is always there to greet him as well. Daydreams of fishing, hunting, and camping keep Mike motivated throughout the day. When he can't hit the lake or get out on a hunt, Mike finds his "Zen" through his passion for family time and gourmet grilling.


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