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"...The first is the international growth of anti-Americanism, driven by Iraq and wider perceptions of excessive U.S. power, unilateralism and overreliance on military might. This was an especially strong impulse from 2003 to 2008 during the George W. Bush administration.In the run-up to and aftermath of the Iraq War, favourability toward the United States, which had spiked upward after 9/11, went into free fall in many countries. This and the accompanying rise of anti-Americanism is important because it has undercut U.S. soft power and thereby reduced Washington’s ability to promote its interests overseas, and indeed those of its allies. ..."