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    I think there's always resistance to the way America self identifies as the home of all that is free, democratic and courageous in the world. And for that reason there's always some enjoyment in seeing the USA "cut down to size" a bit.

    I know a lot of what Australians dislike about Americans is that they seem to know so little about the rest of the world -- like it's all so damn unimportant. But that's just the kind of thing that irritates Aussies about Americans. I don't think it makes them dislike Americans.

    Generally the only time there was widespread dislike of the US in Australia -- before this Bush administration -- was during the Vietnam war.

    Clinton, for all his faults (and I mean his faults, not his misdemeanours) would still get treated like a rockstar in Australia whereas Dubya would get booed here as well. There's widespread loathing for his arrogance and stupidity. Even a lot of conservative types think he's embarrassingly unintelligent.

    I think Clinton at least appeared interested in the rest of the world and intelligent and didn't bung on the "superior race" attitude -- which is why people in other countries still respect him.

    Of course, as jaakkeli says, there are always those on the far left who simply dislike America and its extreme capitalism. I think they exist in every country. Here they often complain about us being "force-fed" American culture and letting ourselves become the 51st state of the US.

    Still I'd have to come down on the side of saying most Aussies want to like America but Bush makes it hard.

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