Topic: Barack Obama
Barack Obama's recent statement about not worrying about what might happen to the Iraqis if we left implies he would not have favored keeping federal troops in the south to protect the former slaves after the Civil War. Federal troops stayed for a decade in spite of not being able to fully protect the former slaves. Under the Obama doctrine they wouldn't have stayed that long. The U.S. government was responsible for the situation the former slaves were in after the war just like the U.S. government is responsible for the situation the people of Iraq find themselves in. Democrats after the Civil War didn't think the U.S. government had any obligation to help the former slaves, just like modern Democrats don't believe the U.S. government has any moral obligation to help out the people of Iraq who are attempting to learn how to live under a democracy.
The withdrawal of federal troops from the south resulted in the former slaves losing most of the rights they were supposed to be guaranteed by Civil War amendments to the Constitution. What will be the fate of the people of Iraq if we suddenly withdraw?
For those unfamiliar with 19th U.S. history, the withdrawal of federal troops allowed development of a system in which whites could rape or murder blacks with no fear of punishment and southern blacks lost the right to vote for nearly a century.
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