Vladimir Putin: War with Ukraine would be 'apocalyptic' but unlikely - CNN.com
"The latest polls show 81% of Russians have a negative view of the U.S. -- the highest number since the collapse of the Soviet Union. State-run media reports the United States wants to encroach on Russia. And the Kremlin's propaganda campaign seems to be paying off."
"My attitude to America is bad," one woman said. "The way I watch the news, I realize the Americans want to get a hold of half of Russia."
Allure of Normalcy: What America Still Owes the World | The New Republic
"The conventional wisdom these days is that Americans are war-weary. But it may be more accurate to say they are world-weary. During the cold war, after all, Americans had much greater reason for war-weariness—Korea and Vietnam were 14 times more costly in terms of American deaths than Afghanistan and Iraq—but they never fully rejected the global anti- communist containment strategy that had gotten them into the wars. Today’s mood seems more analogous to the 1920s. More than 50 percent of Americans today believe that the United States “should mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along the best they can on their own”—the highest number ever recorded since Pew started asking the question 50 years ago.
If a countries government really wanted the United States to be a seen a certain way, they have the means to do so. One conflict over an issue and everything we've done to appease other nations for our improvement in their eyes could be tossed out of the window in a matter of weeks. I know not everything politically is not so much about acceptance, but it does play a role. Does it make sense to bow down from global issues, such as with strikes on Syria or not going after Iran's nuclear program, just to find acceptance from the world?