I don't understand your final point.
Fine, the South had a right to defend itself. I'm not asking for them to bend the knee. However, the US also had the right to attack them, no?
If you say the US didn't have the right to attack them, then how can the US/Americans claim any land on North America? The majority of it was either acquired through force, or through purchase from people who had acquired it through force.
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