Dave, I'm sure you mean well. I sense that not only do you make the prediction that America is going to get an "ass kicking" but that you hope it does and soon.
As a person who travels regularly all over Europe and occasionally Asia, I have a reasonable sense of what makes other nationals dislike Americans. You're right, they do but it has lot to do with the following.
1. Outsiders always like the nations that don't do anything when they act badly. They really love you for that one.
2. They like you a lot when you loan them money or prop up their currency when they are failing.
3. You're really popular internationally, when you talk about negotiation and distain direct action. That links up nicely with number 1.
The world loves a pacifist. If you think I like war, you'd be wrong. If you think I (or Americans with my ideals) like it when our government makes mistakes in world affairs (and we do)then you'd be wrong there too. I believe strongly in Assange's right to do what he did, don't get me wrong. What I'm appalled about is the stupidity he demonstrated when he did it. If he thought (and he did) that the US Government would stand by and watch one individual do this kind of harm (even if he had the right) he is crazy. It doesn't sound to me like you're an American but even if you are, remember this. Whether you like it or not, might makes right. Don't go quoting Martin Luther King unless you truly understand him. MLK did great things for America and for our black citizens (blacks AND women everywhere, in fact) but if he was anything, he was a realist. He put one foot in front of the other, step by step, in peace and in honesty but he NEVER tried to damage HIS nation in the process. NEVER! He was first an American then a black activist.
You and your foul mouth friend binarylarry seem to think that to be a supporter of your government and the America way of life (read ethic) is to be some kind of rubber stamp. That is wrong on many levels and since you want to use MLK as an example, think of the good he did for his people (OUR people) and look at how poorly some of the others of his time did. The black power types who rioted and bombed, they chose to demonize their nation in an effort to bring about change. Who are they? Most of us don't even remember their names today. They were just criminals.
I support my country, I don't support it's mistakes. I am proud to be an American vet although I didn't support the war I participated in. I'm smart enough to know if the world expects to have a powerful nation to come to its aid as in WWI, WWII, Korea and other times, that nation, that ethic, must survive. Otherwise, the next time they need a superpower to bail them out, they'll have to call on the president of New Zealand. (I really like NZ btw but )Which would you rather have that or FDR? If a nation is not occasionally making mistakes, then it's not doing anything. Remember that. Assange better remember it too. He's probably going to be one of our mistakes.
One final note Dave and then I'm thru with this discussion. You sound young and that's a good thing. But your statement about the internet being powerful and all that came after it is foolish dribble. It is powerful, of course. It can reach many, of course. But, regardless of all the conspiricies you find under every bush, there is a reality. For thousands of years, the public, Greeks, Egyptions, the French, the English, the Spaniards, then the Germans, the Russions, ALL, didn't really care about the truth. Truth to most people other than a few idealists like yourself is (like politics) highly local. Most are willing to go about each day, let their government run things so they can drift. They bitch if they don't have what they want, they rail about what they don't like. But Dave, this is what they mostly, don't do. They don't vote, for the most part, and they DON'T serve their country. They don't volunteer for the military. They just bitch. Serving your nation don't make you a hero, it don't even make you a good person but voting and serving a hitch in your nations military (whatever nation that might be) is educational. It sounds to me like that might be a good place for you to start. I hear a lot of you talking about the power of the internet but you should get aquainted with the power of a uniform. Come back and visit me when you've walked a mile in a real persons shoes. And Dave, as long as America comes when some weakling calls, they are going to always hate us. No good deed goes unpunished!