Dieval:- I'm not rejecting it outright, I just don't see it as practical. Like I said, a lot of these countries that are now semi-crippled fought for centuries to gain independence from European masters - and most have only gotten there in the past 50 years, at most! For the US to even try to take over would awake shouts of 'colonialism' and all sorts! Seriously, you're talking a huge task, and your military as it stands is not up to it - 'specially when you consider that most of these countries will fiercely resist attempts by the 'white man' to come back in - they'd rather be free and poor than ruled by someone else again. It's a very, very condescending attitude to take - 'oh, you can't manage, so let's do it for you' - when they've barely been going a generation - give them a chance!
Also, how do you think public opinion within the US will stand for it? Care to think of the reaction of the African-American lobby?