When has the US ever had an issue telling sovereign entities what to do? :)
I supposed that you also have problems with any war American fought to gain land.
Slavery wasn't racially motivated? It was at least justified with racism. This is undisputable..how many people said that Blacks deserved to be slaves because of the Bible, their supposed inferiority, etc.
The aboltionist movement was a fairly big part of the Republican party at the time. So I don't think that was "slapped" on to the civil war.
Moreover, while one can question whether the North went to war explicity to defend slavery, or as an afterthought, it is without a shred of doubt that the South went to war with the defense of slavery as one of the major reasons.
Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:
Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a
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