Who is Doing The "Seeing?"
Here is a great post exploring how people come to believe forms of "conventional wisdom." When you hear the phrase "we are seen as..." or "the world sees us...," you're BS meter should click up a tick. After reading the post, you will see that this strawman argument depends entirely on who is doing the "seeing," thereby reducing that argument to "somebody has an opinion of us." To which any non-neutered person should respond "so what?"
In other words, I don't care that the Palestinians or the Russians or the Iranians or the Islamists see us as anything. People have hated the US since is was created. So what? The Nazis hated the Americans too. What is the point in pointing this obvious fact out? To try to sucker people into a meager attempt to make sworn enemies "like" you or to have a "favorable opinion" of you? Fear of "unpopularity?" I don't want the Islamists or anyone else to like me. If they do, I'm doing something wrong. Killing Jews makes the average Palestinian murderer and anti-American/anti-Israel leftist happy, so who cares what they think?
Do we just sit here paralyzed becasue somebody is upset or "has an opinion of us?" Were they upset on September 10, 2001? 9-11 was hatched starting in 1998, and Clinton (the man that made us "beloved" to the "world") couldn't stop it from happening with his schmoozing with international leaders and pariahs. Somebody was already pissed (al-Qaeda), they still are and we need to exterminate them - not lie down and cry like a bunch of pansies just because everyone else in the world appears to be pansies as well.
Our enemies see us as evil mofos? Good. They hate us with passion? Let em.