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United States Of Dysfunction: Is It Too Late To Restore Confidence In D.c?

Unfortunately, every day the United States continues to refuse in aiding the removal of Assad from power, more and more young Syrians will turn to terrorism out of anger. As Americans we like to believe we are a global force for good, yet have we been able to support this claim? Al Qaedas former leader, Osama bin Laden, stressed the evil of the United States because of our continued support of dictatorships in the Middle East. Unfortunately, our actions have proved these claims arent far from the truth. Of course, this is not to say the Syrian situation isnt incredibly difficult to deal with. Not only is the Assad regimes most powerful ally, Russia, able to stave off the international community by vetoing any proposed action in the U.N., but the American public is overwhelmingly against military action in Syria. According to a poll taken by the Washington Post on Sept. 1, just 36 percent approved while a resounding 59 percent opposed military action in the form of air strikes against the Assad regime. Keep in mind this is after the fact that definitive evidence of the use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people, a supposed red line that Assad was prohibited from crossing. Oh, what a difference a decade and two unsuccessful wars makes. In the post-9/11 hysteria we fully committed to an invasion of Iraq on the assumption we would find the chemical weapons stockpile of Saddam Hussein, yet hindsight tells us that was not the case. Yet when it comes to a situation that has proven atrocities and massacring of over 100,000 Syrians we suddenly become hesitant. As the international community saw the acts of ethnic cleansing that Slobodan Milosevic committed in Yugoslavia, strategic bombing by NATO forces was able to remove Yugoslavian forces from Kosovo and stop the genocide. Under the Obama administration, naval bombing of Libyan government strongholds led to the removal of Muammar al-Gaddafi. These types of actions could be just as effective if taken against the government forces of Assad.

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Simply put, if we fail to set the right course on these questions now, our fiscal future will only grow more bleak and Americans confidence in their government will only grow weaker. Recent polls have explored Americans feelings about a government shutdown. Taken together, the results suggest theres strong disapproval of a government shutdown, and that both parties would share responsibility if they fail to reach an agreement. A closer look at polls reveals a more revealing trend: Americans are losing confidence in our nations leadership. Last week, the Gallup organization reported that a strong majority (60 percent) believe the federal government has too much power; a few days before, a separate Gallup poll found that less than half of Americans trust the government to handle problems. And why shouldnt they turn away? Consider what Americans see when they survey what Washington, D.C., has delivered over the last five years: A jobless economic recovery that, more than four years after the end of the recession, is barely worthy of the name. Unprecedented stimulus efforts at the Federal Reserve have done little, except add $7 trillion to our national debt . Endless deficits and ever-growing debt, driven by uncontrolled mandatory spending through Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, on a trajectory that even the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) calls unsustainable. The slow-motion train wreck of Obamacare, which every day delivers fresh news of implementation failures, unintended consequences and broken promises. Ham-fisted spending cuts under sequestration that are slowly eroding our defense posture without reforming the real waste in Pentagon spending or addressing Americas long-term spending trend lines. A foreign policy that appears feckless and adrift, as the most powerful nation on earth courts disaster by retreating from a dangerous world and grasping for deals with conniving adversaries. Call it the United States of Dysfunction. Against that backdrop, the loss of confidence in the government is no surprise.

United States’ intervention in Syria could potentially deter terrorism

If NCR were to be found liable for any costs with respect to the Kalamazoo River, it would have claims against Appleton Papers Inc. (now known as Appvion, Inc.) and B.A.T Industries p.l.c. under a 1998 cost sharing agreement and associated arbitration award and judgment. NCR respectfully disagrees with the Courts conclusion. NCR believes that the decision of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, in Appleton Papers Inc. v. George A. Whiting Paper Co., No. 08-C-16 (E.D. Wis.), properly concluded that sales of CCP broke were sales of a useful product and not an arrangement to dispose of a hazardous material under CERCLA. NCR is evaluating the opinion and is considering its legal options.