At least that's what Alan Greenspan and Bob Gates said on the record. It is shameful and has destroyed America's reputation as a fighter for freedom. Now, in too many places, we are seen as just the latest of a long line of bullies who ultimately got their shit handed to them.
Unfortunatelly it is true (in France, the UK, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Gerrmany, and probably many other countries that I haven't visited and people I haven't spoke with). I have many American friends that I love and I know they aren't stupid and do not support the American policy on oil war (or any of the most crazy policies that the American gov have served lately), but in Europe, the Americans are considered as the greatest assholes and dumbest people that has a ever walk this Earth. Thank goodness it's not everyone but it is true that the reputation of North America is completely ruined around here. :/