Kind of amusing how many folks are concerned about our "International Reputation." Funny thing is...you can still apply the "border test" and the US would end up being the refuge of choice hands down. The latest flag carrier on that argument is Senator Patty Murry (Wash. State).
Murray says the war needlessly damaged the United States' international reputation and criticizes the Bush administration for failing to prepare for the postwar chaos.Seattle Times Oct. 10, 2004
I suppose that fits into the ideology of the Liberalism in general. While Conservatives revel in the concept of individualism and self-reliance, Liberalism is always dependent on those around them to support a Socialistic mentality. Socialists believe that everyone should own and control the means of production and what is 'right.' Therefore, the opinions of everyone else take on a more important role than your own opinions and interests. Yet, there is never going to be a common consensus on what constitutes what is correct by your "peers."
The casualties of such thinking are entrepeneurship, innovation, success, sovereignty, and, worst of all, idenity.
Short version of the above: Don't be concerned about what pants I'm wearing. Just be glad I'm wearing them.